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Ben Lawers benefits from event donation

Quadrathlon entrants

Conservation work at the National Trust for Scotland’s Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve got a boost this month as £2000 was pledged to the site.

The Artemis Charitable Foundation made the donation after holding a leg of the Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon at the Perthshire nature reserve which is owned and cared for by the conservation charity.

As part of the gruelling endurance race which took place in July 2011, participants walk or run up seven munros in the Ben Lawers range, as well as swimming and kayaking in Loch Tay and cycling around it. Around 200 people braved the challenge in 2011.

Now, organisers Artemis have donated £2000 to contribute to the Trust’s footpath work on the Ben Lawers hillside. The charity’s dedicated footpath repair team carries out regular maintenance and repairs on the range which is amongst the most popular with walkers in Scotland, to ensure that they continue to look beautiful, wild and rugged.

Property Manager Helen Cole said: “This donation from the Artemis Foundation is very welcome and will be put to good use, ensuring that the well-worn footpaths on the nature reserve are properly maintained. Good footpath management helps preserve the delicate alpine environment that Ben Lawers is so well known for, so that it can be enjoyed by visitors (whether walking or running) for years to come.”

The National Trust for Scotland maintains 394 miles of mountain paths, many of which are at altitudes over 2500ft at its mountain properties, including Ben Lawers, Ben Lomond, Mar Lodge Estate, Glencoe, Kintail and on Arran.

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