Bla Bheinn wins £24k funding in world-wide poll

Trust to spend £50k on path repair work in Skye.

Trust to spend £50k on path repair work in Skye

Skye’s Bla Bheinn path repair project has seen off strong competition from four other shortlisted mountains in Asia, Latin America and Europe to land £24,000 for path repairs in an online poll organised by the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA).

The Trust can now launch a £50,000 path restoration project on the mountain, having already secured match funding.

The money will be used to employ local contractors, purchase materials and work with volunteers.

Chris Goodman, the Trust's footpath officer said: “This is great news. We were up against tough international competition from mountain projects in the Himalayas, Spain, Patagonia and the Lake District and took 30 per cent of the online votes.

“We’d like thank all those who voted for us, and Berghaus for nominating this project.

“Bla Bheinn is a superb mountain with breathtaking views across land and sea. It is also one of the more accessible peaks of the Cuillin range.

The high number of visitors together with high rainfall has caused serious erosion over the years, but this windfall means we can swiftly start work on repairing the scar that has opened up on the hillside.”

The Trust uses a light touch approach to path repair work. One of our primary aims is to inspire people to connect with nature, so we strive to keep all our footpaths in good condition without damaging habitats or compromising the character of the wild landscape.

Caroline Smith of Berghaus said: “It’s fantastic that this magnificent mountain has won this funding.

“Bla Bheinn is such a popular peak and deserves to be looked after for its own sake, its wildlife, and for the many outdoor enthusiasts who visit it.

“Berghaus is right behind the John Muir Trust’s approach to path repairs in some of the UK’s most spectacular wild landscapes, and we’re delighted we have been able to it to secure enough votes to win. We look forward to seeing the work once it has been completed.”