On Monday 14th December we held our last Volunteer event of the year, another of our Monday Morning Litter Pick's, which have proved very popular.
On this occasion we had 7 volunteers who split into smaller groups to clear up the paths in the lower Glen, also Braveheart car park and the Visitor Centre car park . We collected about 14 bags of rubbish in total, so the Glen is looking better for Christmas!
A huge thankyou to everyone who has volunteered their time this year to help with Friends of Nevis, Nevis Landscape Partnership and John Muir Trust work parties and litter picks, in the Glen and on the Ben. Without your time and efforts during this challenging year it would be impossible to keep the place in the state we wish to do. In addition, many have also generously supported Friends of Nevis through the year, by donations and membership.
Events for 2021
Looking to the new year, our first event is a Monday Morning Litter Pick, on Monday January 4th 2021, in the Lower Glen. A chance to have a leisurely walk, chat and clear up!
Volunteer Work Parties for February and March are also on the events page and I will be adding events for the rest of the year shortly.
Hopefully, as we get further into the year, the effect of vaccinations will start to have an effect and we can resume more normal operations. In the meantime however we still need to be vigilant so please ensure that you sign up if you wish to come along, or get in touch by email, so we can send out our Covid safe ways of working instructions and manage events in a safe manner.
In the meantime, have a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas and New Year!
Friends of Nevis held another successful Autumn Pick on Sunday 22nd November although Covid restrictions limited the number of people we could have attending this year and pre registering was required.
20 people attended and after an initial briefing we split into smaller groups to tackle the Curling ponds, Braveheart Car Park and the Visitor Center Car Park, various riverside paths and also the upper Glen around Lower Falls and Upper Falls car parks
Overall 25 bags of rubbish and various other items such as bread crates, bits of a bed and a microwave (below) were collected.
As well as clearing litter a team did a tidy up at the Curling Ponds and also tackled the blocked culvert that has been causing flooding across the path over the last few weeks. Calum and Hughie got stuck in...and some bits of equipment nearly got stuck in permanently......but after much pushing and rodding a large boulder was disgorged allowing the culvert to drain properly.
Many thanks to all who helped out and apologies to those who didn't get a place: hopefully by the next Litter Pick we will operating in a more normal way!
Many thanks to everyone who has signed up for this years event.
The event is now fully booked up due to restrictions we have on numbers due to Covid 19.
Please don't attend the event if you have not already signed up.
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!
Friends of Nevis volunteers Fiona, Roger and Emma joined NLP Ranger Katie and Volunteer Coordinator Rory for a Monday Morning litter sweep of the paths on either side of the lower Nevis this morning. The river had burst its banks on Sunday (see picture below by Katie) so the paths were generally clear but there was rubbish caught up in unusual places such as trees and branches. Five bags collected We also had time for a quick nip around the Visitor Centre Car Park which yielded another couple of bags full.
5 hardy Friends of Nevis braved the inclement weather this Monday morning to do their bit to keep the glen clean and tidy. Splitting into 3 teams we scoured the Claggan to Achintee road and both sides of the Glen Road, including a foray into Braveheart Car Park. We returned via the riverside path and Roaring Mill just to complete the usual 'hot-spots'. We collected 6 bin bags of the usual litter which varied from sweetie wrappers to things you really don't want to know about. Overall however the level of litter is dropping off in the hot spot areas, after being visited regularly.
We timed our return just in time for the delivery of the Clean Up Scotland / Keep Scotland Beautiful community litter hub kit to Nevis Landscape Partnership (see picture below): If you'r group want to clear up your local 'patch' in Lochaber just get in touch 😃
Friends of Nevis Monday Morning Litter Pick Volunteers on return from their succesful clean up of the Lower Glen.
Lochaber Community Litter Hub Kit. If you have a local patch in the area that you want to clean up or want to get involved with the Great British September Clean get in touch with email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Details of Great British September Clean can be found on the Keep Scotland Beautiful website https://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/
Friends of Nevis volunteers Fifi and Eilidh joined forces with Rory and NLP Rangers Lauren and Bianca to lay waste to the bracken in one of the Future Forests exclosures under Polldubh crags.
It was also a good way of checking how the trees in the exclosure are getting on. After a mornings work the smaller trees were able to see the light again and the bracken suppressed for another year. We also came across, and were careful to avoid cutting plenty of other vegetation including regenerating Oak, Ash, Birch, numerous of clumps of Hard Fern and a number of herbs such as Wood Sage, Foxglove, Scabious and Honeysuckle.
If you are keen get involved head on over to our Events Page https://www.nevislandscape.co.uk/local/events to register and / or sign up. Our next work party is on Saturday October 3rd and our next Monday Morning Litter Pick with free places is on Monday 14th September.
Joy, Hughie and Fiona from the Friends of Nevis volunteered their time this morning to help clear up paths in the Lower Glen after the busy August Bank Holiday weekend. Joining them were NLP Seasonal Rangers Lauren and Bianca and also Volunteer Coordinator Rory.
The team split into three pairs to concentrate on the riverside path past Roaring Mill to the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre and also both sides of the road from the curling ponds to the visitor centre. Today's hot-spots for rubbish were from the Claggan Spar shop to Roaring Mill and along the roadside on the west side of the river, which hasn't had a major clean up this season.
Overall 7 bin bags were filled with rubbish and a bucketful of glass bottles collected. Highlife Highland allowed us to use their landfill bins which was much appreciated.
A big thanks to volunteers Joy, Fiona and Hughie , pictured below with Seasonal Rangers Lauren and Bianca.
If you want to help out on any of the coming Mondays in September just sign up on the Events page or drop an email to rory (email@example.com)
For the next few Mondays Friends of Nevis will be running some Monday Morning Litter Picks, starting from Monday 31st August. These will concentrate on the lower level paths in the Glen, eg Curling Ponds, Roaring Mill, Riverside & All Ability Path, Lower Falls to Paddy's Bridge. Check out the Events page if you want to take part.
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