Ben A'an improvement programme
The essential improvement programme continues at Ben A’an, helping to conserve the landscape for walkers and other users for years to come.
Tree felling beside the path and the main trail upgrade works are complete, with the site now cleared of non-native trees. The Ben A'an hill path and car park are open again after closure during the works.
Next steps of the improvement works
Felling of the non-native woodland marked the start of the next phase of the woodland’s management. Stage two will see the forest management team carry out ground preparation works before re-planting part of the area with native trees.
The preparation work began in May 2016 and will be followed by tree planting in late 2016 into spring 2017. After this the final part of the hill path and car park improvements will be carried out to complete the site works.
About the improvement works
The improvement works began in October 2014 and are part of The Great Trossachs Forest Project, which aims to restore a large scale area of Scotland’s native woodland.
The path upgrade is part of a wider project called 'The Mountains and the People’, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund in partnership with Cairngorms National Park, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Cairngorm Outdoor Access Trust. Over the next five years this project will see path improvements to popular hill paths in the area including The Cobbler, Ben Lomond and Ben Ledi.