Curling Ponds Clear Up
Summer has slipped into autumn and first on the list of Conservation Work Parties this September was a tidy up of the Curling Ponds area at the entrance to the Glen. Helen and Steve from Kent journeyed up to join locals Joy, Ali and Hughie and NLP staff Dougie, Rowan and Rory for a day of cutting back alder and sycamore growth and removing rubbish. Soil and vegetation was piled up to mulch on some of the spots that had become informal camp spots to deter future car boot campers.
Hughie unearthed a set of stairs that probably haven't seen the light of day for 30 years and later looked like he was practicing for the next Bon Spiel! (Watch this space for details of the next Curling Event!)
Celebrating the Wild Festival
Despite wet and windy weather the Celebrating the Wild Festival was a great success and the Friends of Nevis stands were particularly busy. Few young people managed to pass the stand without first being sent off on Kirtsy's Treasure Trail and having come back they then got stuck into Claire's pendant workshop using stones and pebbles sourced from all around the Highlands.
A host of partners from Nevis Partnership also generously supported by providing activities and resources. Abacus Mountain Guides and the Inside Out Club provided a crowd pulling Tyrolean across lower falls and other stands included the John Muir Trust Rangers clay sculpture, Highlife Highland Rangers all about bats, Resilient Roots foraged food cooking and Lochaber Fisheries Trust did some kick sampling in the river. Rowan from Nevis Landscape Partnership led tree planting excursions and the local scouts oversaw car parking. Cormac came and gave us some music. Iona from Nevis Landscape Partnership did a fantastic job organising the event, volunteers and running face painting.
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