Four hardy Friends of Nevis Volunteers joined NLP Rangers Rob and Bianca and Volunteer Coordinator Rory to tackle cross drains ditches and culverts on the lower section of the Ben Path, from Achintee to the top of 'Heart Attack'
One upside of the weather (Storm Aidan) was that blocked culverts and drains were easily spotted!
This section of path had last been worked on at the start of lockdown so most of the drains needed a clear out. We split into 3 smaller groups and quickly made progress to the first stile
We reached the top of 'heart attack' in good time and there was a brief respite in the rain, even some patches of blue in the sky! What doesn't show in the photo was the fact that the wind didn't ease off however!
Many thanks to Lucy, Gavin, Ali and Jenny for volunteering their time to help look after the Ben
On Friday 30th October Friends of Nevis held their AGM, this year online using the Nevis Landscape Partnership's Zoom account. We had 19 admissions to the meeting online which represented over 20 attendees. Whilst it couldn't replace the atmosphere of the usual AGM get together, the online meeting allowed some far flung Friends to join, including stalwart supporters Helen and Steve in Kent and our excellently named supporter Patrick Nevis, all the way from California! Joy Biggin, the Friends of Nevis Chair, gave a run down of activities over the last 12 months and Steve McCabe presented the year's financial activities. Whilst income has been reduced over the last 12 months due to less visitors during the national lockdown, there has been a reduced amount of project work requiring support during that period. Overall therefore Friends of Nevis remain able to support work on the Ben and in the Glen. One aspect of support that has grown has been local mountaineering guides contributing via pay pal, whenever they take groups up the Ben. A leader in this has been locally based Hunter Mountaineering and Ben Nevis Guides, many thanks!
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