Glen Nevis Spring Litter Blitz

Volunteer clears a bike from the river

Following two harsh winters and more recent torrential rain in the local area, charity The Friends of Nevis say there’s much to be done to look after Ben and Glen Nevis. Although it falls to other organisations and contractors to carry out the ongoing major works that are urgently needed, the Friends of Nevis, continues to make a huge contribution.

The main season of activity kicks off on Sunday 8 May 2011 with the popular Annual Glen Nevis Spring Litter Blitz. Every year, volunteers young and old take part in a sweep up and down the Glen to get the whole place looking spick and span in time for summer – and in past years as much as one and a quarter tonnes of rubbish have been netted from the verges, countryside and even the river bed.

Friends’ coordinator, Liz Wilshaw, said: “It’s a great pity that such a lot of litter and debris accumulates in Glen Nevis – but unfortunately it’s a fact of life and at least we can really see that, thanks to the actions of the Friends of Nevis over the last three years, a real impact is being made…every year the quantity of deeply embedded litter does reduce. However, sadly, we still find all sorts of large and small items, from bicycles and pushchairs to remains of “wild camping” expeditions – as well as the usual food packaging, bottles etc. etc.”

The spring litter event has, over the years, also become something of a social occasion for local and visiting volunteers and families/groups are especially welcome to come along and join in. Liz added: “Taking part in our first major event of the season is not only a great way to put something back into the area, but also a good chance to meet up with old friends, get the whole family involved and enjoy the now traditional lunch provided in Braveheart car park. Whether you live locally or are visiting the area, come and join us if you can, we’d love to see you!”

However, not everyone is able to be out and about doing the manual work – so another way to help is to become subscribing member, joining others from Scotland, the UK and abroad. Launching a new recruitment drive for the charity, long time Glen Nevis resident and Friends of Nevis Trustee, Hughie Cameron, said: “I’ve lived here most of my life – I was born in Glen Nevis and have spent the last 40 years raising my family and enjoying life here. I’ve never stopped appreciating how lucky I am to live here. But this special place needs our help as well as our admiration. It’s not just locals who love it but the thousands of visitors who come to experience the area. The various activities inevitably take a toll on the landscape. If we want to keep this place special, we can each do our bit to protect it for the future. Even if you can’t get along to one of the volunteer activities, you can still give your support by becoming a Friend of Nevis. It’s only £10 a year, £8 for unwaged and £20 for a family.”

For more details about the litter event and other work days and membership see the Friends of Nevis website.

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