The Mountains & The People

Scotland’s historic environment makes a valuable contribution to our quality of life, cultural identity, education and economy.

Organisation: Outdoors Access Trust for Scotland
Project title: The Mountains & The People

The Mountains & The People is a unique £6.4m project led by the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland, in partnership with Scotland’s two national park authorities, Loch Lomond & Trossachs and Cairngorms, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.  The project was enabled through a £3.2m grant from National Lottery Heritage Fund Scotland and focuses on the conservation of the Landscape heritage of the mountains within Scotland’s National Parks.

The 5 year project (2015 – 2020) will seek to improve 125km of mountain paths and surrounding habitats across 22 different sites.  In addition to this a wide-ranging activity programme of training, volunteering, education and outreach work will be delivered, ensuring that the social impacts of the project equal the physical improvements on the ground.

By the mid-point in the project (Dec 2017) over 2900 hours of volunteer time had been given, 26 individuals trained to Level 2 in Environmental Conservation, 31 events run, 50,000m of path rebuilt and over £2.8m spent.

Keep track of our work on social media @mountainspeople

Which OPiT key performance indicator is the project contributing to? Main: 11

4, 5, 8, 12, 13

Contact name: Tom Wallace
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Reviewed: September 2018