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Listed status for historical Scottish 3D Map

A huge 3D map of Scotland in the Scottish Borders has been granted Grade B listed status.

It's after volunteers spent the past two years restoring it.

The Great Polish Map of Scotland, in Eddleston near Peebles, has been given the status by Historic Scotland.

The campaign to restore it started in April 2010 by Mapa Scotland a charitable trust which has secured Heritage Lottery funding to advance its plans. Mapa secretary Keith Burns said:

"Historic Scotland's listing will help us to save the Great Map of Scotland as a part of our heritage links with Poland.

"We're looking forward to preserving its future security for the benefit of the new generation of young Scots and Poles, and for all who visit this beautiful corner of the Borders."

– Keith Burns
The map in the Castle grounds Credit: RCAHM Scotland

It was built in the 1970s in recognition of hospitality shown to Polish soldiers in Scotland during World War 2.

Jan Tomasik, a former owner of the Barony Castle Hotel is thought to have come up with the idea of putting the map in the grounds. The hotel was used as a college for Polish army officers during the war. It was built by five Polish geographers from Krakow. The Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop spoke to ITV Border: