Berghaus nominates Skye mountain in £24k funding poll

Public urged to vote online for Bla Bheinn path restoration project.

Public urged to vote online for Bla Bheinn path restoration project.

The UK’s leading outdoor brand, Berghaus, has nominated a path restoration project on Bla Bheinn (pronounced Blaven) for a £24,000 award.

The contest, which will be decided by the public in an online poll, has been organised by the European Outdoor Conservation Association (a not-for profit environmental outdoor charity with over 120 members from Norway to Spain and from the UK to the Czech Republic).

The Bla Bheinn path project has been nominated in the Alpine category, and online voting is open for two weeks from Monday 17 to 31 March.

Bla Bheinn, one of the UK’s most magnificent mountains, is managed by the Trust. It guards the entrance to the Black Cuillin range on the Isle of Skye, and stands in rugged wild land ringed by coastal villages, sea lochs and native woodland.

Chris Goodman, the Trust's footpath officer said: “The breath-taking view from the summit and the relatively straightforward access attracts thousands of people to Bla Bheinn each year.

“The pressure of footfall combined with the high rainfall here has created serious erosion on sections of the footpath, damaging fragile soil and plants, and causing sedimentation of nearby streams. It has also opened up a scar on the mountainside which is visible for miles.”

Working with local contractors and volunteers, the Trust plans to repair the 3.8km path, using our proven light touch methods to preserve the wild character of the area and protect the fragile mountain habitats.

“We’re grateful to Berghaus for the nomination,” said Chris. “If we’re successful, this award would get us off to a flying start, so we’d ask people locally and further afield to vote for us online from Monday onwards.”

Caroline Smith, head of marketing at Berghaus, added: “Berghaus has been a supporter of both the John Muir Trust and the European Outdoor Conservation Association for some years now.

“In the UK, our staff have contributed to several Trust projects on the ground and as keen outdoor enthusiasts themselves, many are passionate about the conservation of wild places.

“We will be doing what we can to encourage the public to vote for the Bla Bheinn path restoration project and really hope that it succeeds in securing support.”

Record your vote here.