The Nevis Partnership are looking into the feasibility of developing a new world class facility for Lochaber based around Fort William. Our ambition is to be an integral part of how Scotland’s natural & cultural heritage is conserved and enhanced in Lochaber and beyond. This facility will enable people of all ages from the local and wider community to engage and learn to care for the environment and their cultural heritage. We are seeking experts to carryout and in-depth feasibility into the Field Centre concept. Full details can be found on Public Contracts Scotland.
Invitation to Tender
Field Centre Proposal
After serving as chair on The Nevis Partnership board for four years, Alex Farquhar stepped down at the AGM on the 14th of November 2018. We thank Alex for his service over the last four years and welcome his continued contribution as a member of the board.
Mike Pescod of Abacus Mountain Guides, who has been on the board since July 2014, was elected as the new Chair. “The Nevis Partnership is coming to a very interesting and crucial year with the end of the landscape partnership programme and move into becoming more sustainable in the next few years. We give huge thanks to Alex Farqhuar for leading the Nevis Partnership for the last four years and I am comforted that he and and the rest of the team will still be very much involved in the next phase. In the last few years we have delivered many great projects through working closely with our partners. We will continue to draw on the strength of the partnership to ensure the future of the Nevis area.”
Mike has been involved in helping out with many projects throughout the Nevis Landscape Partnership programme. Over the course of the North Face Survey from 2014 to 2016, Mike managed all the safety components of the project to ensure success. His expertise in mountains, climbing, and safety enabled the geologists and botanists to explore parts of the Ben's North Face which had never been surveyed. Mike has also led a mountain awareness course for all 34 of the Trainee Volunteer Rangers since 2015. A highly respected member of the community, Mike will be a great asset to The Nevis Partnership in his role as chair of the board.
All of the staff, board members and partners are looking forward to working with Mike during the next phase of The Nevis Partnership's work.
Nevis at Night raises funds for the Ben Nevis Fund, managed by the Nevis Partnership who work with a range of partners to manage, conserve and maintain Ben and Glen Nevis, the most iconic natural assets we have here in the Outdoor Capital of the UK.
On Saturday 22 September, 24 keen walkers set off to take on the UK’s highest mountain at night. The evening began around 4PM with three groups departing at different intervals to all arrive at the summit around 9PM. Nearing the summit, flood lights lit up the cairns, reflectors bounced light from head torches, and a tin whistle player filled the crisp air with music and poetry. Some of the first snowfall for the year on the summit and a dry evening with no rain made for a very successful event, enjoyed by all those involved, both participants and helpers from event organisers, Abacus Mountain Guides.
Not only did we raise funds that will go directly into the management of the Nevis area, we shone a light on Ben Nevis being a cause in its own right. It makes a fantastic venue for fundraising events and we want to people to enjoy this natural resource, but we would also like to encourage organisers and participants of charity and fundraising events to act responsibly. These events should both promote and practice leave no trace messaging and contribute to the cost of maintenance of the mountain and surrounding area so that the Ben can be enjoyed for many years into the future.
The Light Up Ben Nevis walk is the first stage in the Nevis at Night programme which we will grow into a large annual festival, accessible to everyone, and all in support of the essential work carried out by Nevis Partnership. The expanding programme will include a Dun Deardail walk in 2019 and an Elements Experience along the All Abilities Riverside Path between the Visitors Centre and the Youth Hostel in 2020 in an interactive exhibition with dance, sound, visual art and theatre.
Fund raising for those who participated in Nevis at Night is still open so if you would like to donate please visit www.justgiving.com/nevispartnership