Manager Scott McCombie and his team at Glencoe

Manager Scott McCombie and his team at Glencoe

Walkers will be able to burn off some Easter excess on Scotland’s upland paths – thanks to chocolate makers Cadbury.

The company – recently bought out by multinational giant Kraft – has chipped in with a £10,000 donation to help maintain the National Trust for Scotland’s paths in areas such as Glencoe, Ben Lomond and Torridon.

The cash will help fund both the trust’s in-house footpath maintenance team and a four-year Mountains for People conservation project.

The chocolate company laid on a series of Easter egg trails, including one in Glencoe. Similar events were also held at Inverewe Gardens, Threave Gardens near Castle Douglas and Pollok House in Glasgow. Altogether, 35 of the trails were set up.

Glencoe property manager Scott McCombie said: “This contribution will make a real difference to the vital conservation work that’s required to keep our mountain path network up to standard. We are very grateful to Cadbury for playing their part in protecting our delicate alpine environments from the effects of erosion.”

The NTS said it costs about £80,000 a year to carry out the repair work on the trust’s 634km (394 miles) of upland paths.

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