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Ben Nevis may receive lottery cash

Posted 23 July 2012
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Ben Nevis may receive lottery cash
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The task of preserving the environment of Britain's highest mountain may be boosted by National Lottery cash.

A total of £1,927,700 has been earmarked for the Nevis Landscape Partnership, although this is provisional at this point - what the Heritage Lottery Fund calls a First Round Pass.

If the Nevis Partnership can fulfil certain criteria, it will receive the money as a means of repairing heavily-worn paths that are eroded by thousands of walking boots every year as people seek to reach the 4,408 ft summit.

The surrounding area - including Glen Nevis - will also receive money as the area is the home of various archaeological sites as well as a range of important species. A key aim of the money will be to get the local community involved in the work.

Lottery cash will also be allocated to a range of other projects that can enable walkers and those on mountain bikes to enjoy the countryside more.

Walkers on Dartmoor, for example, are set to benefit from a project to preserve the national park's peat bogs, ensuring the conservation of rare plant and animal species that may form part of the attraction of walking in the area for many.

Another is the Tame Valley Wetlands partnership, which spans the borders of Warwickshire and Staffordshire. As well as work to preserve local wetlands, a new walking and cycle route called the Tame Way will be created between Tamworth and Castle Bromwich on the edge of Birmingham.

While lottery funding is set to help preserve the Ben Nevis area and its surrounds, much of the land in and around the glen is owned by the John Muir Trust (JMT).

It has been on a fundraising drive of its own to raise cash to preserve the path up the Steall Gorge, a beauty spot that has also suffered path erosion and could soon become very dangerous as in places it passes very close to steep drops.

The JMT received £25,000 towards this project from the European Outdoor Conservation Association after an international online public vote, but more cash is needed and an appeal has been launched for an additional £60,000.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801412743-ADNFCR