In order to preserve the natural scenic beauty of the area the Nevis Partnership aims to minimise the adverse impact of man’s presence on the country’s highest mountain. Volunteers, many acting alone and others in organised groups, periodically participate in the removal of litter dropped on the main track and summit area. Some groups have taken responsibility for particular sections of the mountain. Parties of volunteers have also been organised recently to remove a large number of extraneous cairns that have appeared on the mountain over the years. Only the Peace Cairn and a few that are considered helpful as navigational aids have been left. The Nevis Partnership is indebted to all who contribute in this way to preserving the scenic beauty of Ben Nevis and its environs.
How best to deal with the large number of plaques and other memorials that have been placed on the mountain to commemorate someone’s loss is a sensitive and altogether more delicate issue. After much debate and consultation it was decided to remove all existing memorials from the summit of Ben Nevis and to discourage new ones being added. Existing plaques will be disposed of only after a concerted effort has been made to contact those responsible for placing them on the mountain. In their place a collective memorial in the form of a curved stone seat and cairn has been constructed within a wooded area near to the visitor centre in Glen Nevis.
Site for Contemplation Beachd-smuainich
To cater for those who return to the area to reflect on the memory of departed relatives or friends a collective memorial providing a site for contemplation was created in the autumn of 2005, funded by the Nevis Partnership. This is located in a woodland setting beside the river and near to the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre. It is easily accessed via an all abilities path from the adjacent car park.
The memorial comprises a semi-circular stone bench orientated towards a clearing in the wood beyond which there is an uninterrupted view of Ben Nevis. On the back of the stone bench a suitable inscription has been carved and immediately to the front a simple stone cairn has been erected. Here visitors can, in a peaceful and tranquil setting, sit and contemplate not only on their personal loss but also on the scenic beauty that surrounds them. No plaques or floral tributes will be permitted at this site, which stands on land owned and managed by the Highland Council. This decision has been taken in order to maintain the neutrality of the site for all visitors.
Advice on Ashes Luath
Many people during their lifetime request that following cremation their ashes be scattered at a specific location. In other cases it is the relatives of the deceased that make this decision. Being the highest mountain in the country, Ben Nevis is a fairly popular venue for such ceremonies.
It might be assumed that the practice of scattering ashes will have no lasting effect on the immediate environment. However if ashes are repeatedly scattered over a limited area this can bring about changes to plant life. Many plants can tolerate only a narrow range of soil acidity or alkalinity, and many are sensitive to the concentration of certain mineral elements. The ashes of human remains are rich in both calcium and phosphorus and elevated concentrations of these elements can stimulate the growth of some plant species, but adversely affect others. On softer ground the burial of ashes confines their effect to a small area and is a preferable alternative to above ground scattering, but this is not practicable on the summit plateau. While no attempt will be made to dissuade anyone from scattering human ashes on Ben Nevis, you should try to choose an area away from the summit cairn, and also away from the north face on which a number of alpine plants struggle to survive. The more widespread the dispersal the less likelihood of an impact on vulnerable plant species. Throwing ashes into the air on a windy day is an effective way of ensuring that they are distributed over a sufficiently wide area.
The following names were recovered from data taken off the Book of Remembrance website. This technology is no longer available so we have made a simple list of memorials below. We will no longer be adding anymore memorials to this page in the interests of future maintenance of the site.
Isabel How - D.O.D 05.10.1995 Michael - 1969 - 1987 Lesley Johnson - D.O.D 27.07.2001 William George Fom - 1919 - 2004 Nick Garwood - 1949 - 2000 Gordon John Scott Mackie - 1945 - 19.02.2003 Norman Riley - 13.04.1925 - 19.01.1971 Alice Oakley - 1909 - 2001 Mark Bradshaw - D.O.D July 2004 Steven Brian Kennedy - Brendan O'Hare - D.O.D 08.09.2001 Big Al D - 28.02.1991 - 20.05.2003 Thomas Noel Cowan - 12.03.19938 - 02.09.2005 Craig & Julie Ford - D.O.D 09.09.2003 Dad - D.O.D August 2005 George Geddes - D.O.D 28.08.2001 Everest Expedition - 1953 Fehin Dorman - 13.03.1992 - 26.09.2004 Stephen Donnelly - 25.07.1956 - 15.04.2005 John Harrop - 1975 - 02.01.1996 Gerry Beck - 1930 - 2001 Sophie Dolphin - 1987 - 2002 David Andrews - D.O.D 19.08.2000 Cystic Fybrosis Ryan Baker - 05.02.1984 - 18.08.2000 BNSFB - D.O.D 01.07.2004 Lucy Moore - 1991 - 2002 Billy Moore Arthur Fraser Mann - 1948 - 1999 James Logan - 1912 - 2000 Stephen Gilpin - 29.09.1951 - 05.03.2004 Ben George - 19.06,2003 Rose May Braybrook - 02.01.1920 - 27.05.2001 Billy - 1952 - 2001 Chas Field Dan Fearns David Scholefield - 29.01.1942 - 15.03.2002 DN & HW Emma Caroline Howse - 23.06.1983 - 03.02.1999 JS Simpson - 1925 - 19.06.2004 Julie Ann Tomlinson - D.O.D July 2003 Kevin Richard Saniford - 13.04.1979 - 30.12.2002 Les Maddison Matthew Alan Doran Tam Connachan Laird Ingo Meuhlherr - 24.02.1970 - 04.04.1998 Charles Daniel Connor - 13.07.1975 - 13.03.1999 Peter Andrew Kavanagh - 27.03.1969 - 28.10.2006 Michael Antony Ryan - 25.11.1960 - 11.12.1978 George Faulkner - 01.05.1931 - 12.07.2003 Major Andrew W, Haigh RA - 07.03.1972 - 29.01.2006 David Peacock - 04.04.1943 - 22.12.2006 Bill Challoner - 21.09.1973 - June 2009 Bob Raw - 17.06.1920 - 03.03.2010 George Mowbray - 07.09.1921 - 11.04.1977 Roy Small - 03.071929 - 03.01.2010 John Strachan - 20.05.1965 - 07.12.2011 Billy James Strachan - 19.11.1959 - 31.08.1978 Davis Lawes - D.O.D 1954 Allen Speakman - 31.05.1947 - 07.10.1997 Paul Williamson - D.O.D 18.03.1984 Fred D. Cass - D.O.D 19.12.1954 David Alexander - 07.09.1950 - 21.12.2013
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