Loch Leven Underpass

by Uwe Stoneman in Loch Leven

We did it
On 12th June 2018 we successfully raised £7,418 with 136 supporters in 42 days

We're fundraising so that we can build a new accessible underpass at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven.

by Uwe Stoneman in Loch Leven

Getting out into the countryside is something that most of us take for granted. But for anyone with mobility issues, the great outdoors can be a challenge.

The Loch Leven Heritage Trail is accessible to almost everyone: 13-miles of uninterrupted, wheelchair-friendly pathway that loops around the whole of the loch, taking in beautiful views, and bringing people closer to nature. There's even a free mobility scooter hire scheme for anyone who needs a bit of extra help to get around.

But, there's a problem. If you set off from Kinross, about halfway round the loch you reach the visitor centre at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven. It's a great place to have a pit stop, meet people and find out more about the area's amazing wildlife. Unfortunately, a busy road separates the Heritage Trail from the visitor centre. 

There's an old tunnel under the road to help people cross safely, but it has steep steps at both ends, so if you depend on a wheelchair or mobility scooter, you can't get through. The steps also cause problems for cyclists, and families with pushchairs, as well as anyone who just finds it difficult to get up and down stairs. 

We don't think a few steps should block anyone's enjoyment of the outdoors.  

So, we're fundraising to help build a new underpass, which will be reached by gentle slopes at both ends. The underpass will also link the Loch Leven Heritage Trail with the Fife core path network, opening up miles of trails, and providing hours of opportunity for enjoying the outdoors.

The underpass will cost over £800,000 to build, but the project has already been very generously supported by Sustrans, Perth & Kinross Council, the RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Gannochy Trust, The Gillman Trust and The Brown Forbes Memorial Fund. 

We’re now very close to our target, so close that we are able to begin construction.  However, there is still a funding gap that we need to fill before we can complete the project.

We just need to raise a final £19,000, and that's where we really need your help!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

Your name on our thank you board

See your name on our thank you board in the reserve's cafe! This board will be displayed for one year from the opening of the new underpass.

£60 or more

Evening talk with our reserve team

Join one of our reserve team, for an exclusive evening talk about the reserve. It will cover the 50-year history of the site, all the wildlife highlights and a Q & A session. A £60 pledge pays for you and a friend to attend. You'll also get your name on our thank you board in the cafe.

£200 or more

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Your name in the underpass

Leave a lasting legacy with your name or the name of a loved one on an attractive plaque in the underpass. This option is not limited to individuals, but is also available to families, schools, businesses, clubs and other organisations. You'll also get your name on our thank you board in the cafe and be able to attend our exclusive evening talk about Loch Leven.

£500 or more

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Exclusive access at RSPB Scotland Loch Leven

For this generous donation, we will offer you & up to two friends, a morning or afternoon on the reserve with one of our wardens as your personal guide. You'll hear about our work & how we manage the reserve then finish off with a cup of coffee & a scone at our Food for Life Gold Award cafe. But that's not all! You'll also be able to attend our exclusive evening talk about Loch Leven, and you'll receive your name on a plaque at the underpass.

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