As a vital part of the Nevis Strategy, The Nevis Partnership secures funding for, and subsequently oversees, a wide variety of projects impacting on the whole Nevis area. With all projects, a major priority is the balance between conservation and protection of the environment and enhancement of the visitor experience.
The Nevis Landscape Partnership working in collaboration with the local community are just about begin a £450,000 project to improve visitor facilities at Lower Falls in Glen Nevis. The improvements will include a new road layout to increase visibility at the car park entrance, improving safety and manoeuvrability for larger vehicles, and a new layout of the car park that will incorporate additional spaces, more accessible spaces, and dedicated areas for motor home day parking.
A new bus drop-off point, link paths, interpretation, and a new bike rack will encourage more visitors to park at Lower Falls and use it as a starting point to explore Glen Nevis by foot or on bikes. The addition of a picnic area and waterless drying-waste toilet facilities will also enhance visitor experience and make the area more accessible to a wider audience.
Nevis Landscape Partnership Programme 2014-2019 Com-páirteachas Tire Nibheis
The Nevis Landscape Partnership Programme was a collective response to land management from local and national environmental organisations, charities and community groups who all share a common interest in securing a sustainable future for Ben & Glen Nevis. A unifying aim for the collective was to lever much needed investment into the area to ensure economic vitality, a healthy environment and a vibrant society. The programme began in 2014 and finished in March 2019.
The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded Nevis Landscape Partnership £3.9 million to deliver nineteen projects over five years. Nevis Landscape Partnership staff and a range of local and national organisations, businesses and government bodies applied a collective approach to managing the landscape which helped to unlock social and financial resources that would otherwise not be available to the community. The programme funders and partners included:
Heritage Lottery Fund
Scottish Natural Heritage
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Forestry Commission Scotland
John Muir Trust
Friends of Nevis
Scottish Rural Development Programme
British Geological Survey
Highland Mountain Culture Association
Lochaber Chamber of Commerce
University of the Highlands and Islands
SSE Sustainable Development Fund
Jahama Highland Estates
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Scottish Mountaineering Trust
Meet the team, learn about the landscape and the projects we have completed, and sign up to volunteer or attend one of our engagement events. Everything you need to know about the work we did around Glen Nevis and on Ben Nevis during the programme can be found here.
Sense of Place - Glen Nevis & Ben Nevis Mountain Track 2009-2011
The Sense of Place project aimed to develop interpretation material in the form of publications and signage as well as an upgrade to the Curling Ponds area to mark the entrance to Glen Nevis. The £475,000 project, of which the European Rural Development Fund was the main funding body, was completed The book, Nevis – the Ben and the Glen, gives an overview of the Ben and the Glen’s history, archaeology, geology, industry, farming, flora and fauna. The second publication, Glen Nevis - A selection of low level walks contains 8 different routes around the Nevis area.
Originally the project set out to deliver the installation of 3 interpretation boards in the Glen. However, by working in partnership with other agencies ( Lochaber Geopark/John Muir Trust/Highland Council) working in the Glen, the Partnership was able to produce 7 panels. The first three interpretation boards were built and installed at the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre, Achintee car park, and the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel and a further two boards were installed at Upper Falls, Lower Falls, and two at the Curling Ponds.
The upgrade to the Curling ponds included landscape work and a sculpture installation to improve the area that marks the entrance to the Glen and created a space that is accessible and can be used by locals and visitors alike. The sculpture work was designed by Tassy Thompson in a Curling theme.
Ben Nevis Mountain Path Heritage Programme 2006-2008
The Ben Nevis Mountain Path Heritage Programme brought together a number of projects that celebrated the natural and cultural heritage of the Nevis area. The total project funding award was £680,000, of which £345,000 came from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the main funding body for the programme, and the rest from other match funding sources.
Central to this programme was the enhancement of the main mountain track at the summit of Ben Nevis and the protection of significant areas of scree on Ben Nevis to improve issues of erosion from the 100,000 visitors that frequent the mountain each year. The project included work on approximately 1.2 km of the path at the very summit of the UK’s highest mountain. Working in partnership with Lochaber college and Lochaber Enterprise, the footpath skills programme made up another project and resulted in the development of a training course in Upland footpath skills. The course ran from 2006 to 2007 with 10 students starting the course and finished with 8 of those completing it.
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