TAQA ‘adopt’ mountain path

ENERGY company TAQA has recently ‘adopted’ a popular mountain path on Royal Deeside. Broadcairn, a 6km path on Balmoral Estate, leads to the summits of both Broad Cairn itself and Cairn Bannoch and is one of the handful of popular walks leading off Loch Muick, a freshwater loch lying around 5 miles south of Braemar.

The adoption of the path is part of a new initiative by the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland, a conservation charity involved in the preservation, restoration and upgrading of our unique upland paths in both of Scotland’s National Parks. Dougie Baird, CEO of the charity explained, “Scotland’s mountains in many ways define all that is best in our countryside however, our mountain environments are also fragile, particularly to physical disturbance. The vast numbers of visitors coupled with the Scottish weather exact an expensive cost with many of our mountain paths being eroded and left scarred and damaged.

Our new corporate ‘adopt a path’ initiative is a way of realising the vital funds required to maintain our upland environments whilst enabling companies to give something back and demonstrate their social responsibility commitments.”

Neil Fowler, TAQA’s HSSEQ Director and member of TAQA’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee (SCR) said, “Our community investment approach targets a range of projects and being able to adopt a mountain path fits well with our environmental protection targets.

Adopting the Broadcairn path also enables our employees to volunteer and learn about path maintenance techniques on their own adopted path, promoting a real sense ownership whilst benefitting the local community and beyond.”

Outdoors access, recreation and tourism is vital to Upland Scotland, with our mountain landscape providing one of our most significant national assets. With a range of upland paths available for adoption throughout both of Scotland’s National Parks, there really is an opportunity to make a difference in enabling the vital maintenance of our mountain paths – ensuring we all have access to the great Scottish outdoors for many decades to come.