Clean-up crews in action on the Ben and in the Glen

Litter picking crew ready for action. NO F42 Litter Pickers at the Visitor Centre

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Over the last few weeks, since lockdown restrictions eased, Friends of Nevis Volunteer work parties have been out regularly tidying litter and maintaining paths on Ben Nevis and in Glen Nevis.

The work crews have also been bashing bracken in the conservation tree exclosures at Polldubh. This has been in conjunction with the Nevis Landscape Partnership Seasonal Ranger team and also the John Muir Trust Ben Nevis team.

'Bracken Bashers' at Polldubh. NO F42 Bracken Bashers at Polldubh
‘Bracken Bashers’ at Polldubh.

The Monday morning litter picks have been popular and in September have lifted in the region of 30 bags of litter from the lower glen paths around Claggan, Roaring Mill, Brave Heart car park, Achintee and the riverside All Ability Path.

On Monday of last week, Friends of Nevis Volunteers Joy, Fiona, Claire and Helen joined Nevis Landscape Partnership rangers Rob and Bianca, plus Volunteer Coordinator Rory Stewart, for a clean-up at the historic Glen Nevis Curling Ponds and ‘Gateway to Glen’ site.

They were joined by three ‘Knights of the Broom’ from the Lochaber Curling Society for the morning.

By splitting into smaller teams a lot of good work was done, including strimming back some of the rampant vegetation along the path and the pond banks, digging out the side drains, sweeping the leaves and of course clearing litter.

There was plenty of work for the volunteers. NO F42 curling ponds clean 01
There was plenty of work for the volunteers.

Mr Stewart told the Lochaber Times: ‘On our last Curling Ponds clear up in 2019 we found an 18th-century swivel gun cannon ball – now in the West Highland Museum – but sadly this year our only find was a length of discarded drain rod.

‘Looking ahead we have a work party scheduled for the end of October and one in late November.’

If you are interested in registering as a Friends of Nevis Volunteer, then visit online website www.friendsofnevis.co.uk