Disabilities Wilderness Initiative – Ben Lomond

The main aim from this project is to support 6 young adults with disabilities to gain access to the NTS properties and to encourage them to develop skills in conservation work and to learn about nature through environmental activities.

The whole project based at Ben Lomond in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, with participants staying at the NTS Ardess Lodge. We will discover the Millenium Forest Path in Balmaha and well as other woods, mountains, lochs and coasts which are rich in wildlife and cultural history.

The main theme this project will follow will be ‘Ben Lomond- past, present and future’. With this, we mean to explore the ‘history’ theme by looking into Ben Lomond’s archaeology; ancient human history and the geology of the site. For ‘present’, we aim to look at what flora and fauna lives in the property and what issues it faces in the 21st Century. We will then move on to imagine what the future is for Ben Lomond, assessing its conservation and future public engagement with visitors, including its position in the National Park.

Ben Lomond is situated from rising from the east shore of Loch Lomond to a height of 974m (3193ft), Ben Lomond offers exhilarating walking and spectacular views across Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Its scenic splendors apart, the mountain is an important botanical site as well as a working hill farm.

This time around we’ve raised the challenge, offering disabled participants the opportunity to camp out over night and complete the Discovery level of the John Muir Award. The John Muir Award had played an important part when Julie completed her top Conserver John Muir Award two years ago.

The Disabilities Wilderness Initiative will also coincide with 2013 being the ‘Year of Natural Scotland’ which is being supported by Scottish Natural Heritage and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. It is about celebrating Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty in 2013! From stunning landscapes and iconic wildlife, to creative events and nature festivals, Scotland’s great outdoors is waiting for you.

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