The conservation and heritage charity for the
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

Triple boost for Callander as community projects are awarded grants by Friends

Wednesday, May 31 2017


Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, the independent conservation and heritage charity for the National Park area, have awarded a total of £2,400 to three important community led projects in Callander area.


The innovative Trossachs Mobility initiative has been awarded a £500 grant to help visitors and locals with mobility issues to access the countryside around the Trossachs more easily and the funds will be used to support the opening a shop/info point and the purchase of more trikes. These all-terrain vehicles can be hired by visitors in order that they can access some of the more challenging local areas, while guided tours are also arranged.


Also benefiting from the charity’s support for the third year in a row is the successful Callander Summerfest, coordinated by Callander Community Development Trust with support from a range of local groups. This festival has gone from strength to strength as a key part of the July Callander events programme over recent years. The two-week festival has received a £400 grant.


The Callander Landscape Partnership, which is currently finalising its stage 2 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, has been awarded a funding pledge of £1,500 over a three-year period to help with a raft of projects to capitalise on the stunning landscape setting and rich cultural and natural heritage of the Callander area.


The funds have been raised through the pioneering Friends of OUR park project, which since being launched in 2010 has contributed tens of thousands of pounds towards a wide range of projects throughout the National Park. The money is raised by more than 100 businesses who collect voluntary visitor donations via donation canisters or optional donation mechanisms on meals or accommodation.


Friends Trustee and Callander Community Development Trust Town Co-ordinator Sheila Winstone (left) presents a cheque to Wayne Johnson of Trossachs Mobility (second left), while Callander Community Development Trust Secretary Anne Docherty (second right) receives a cheque from James Fraser, Chairman of the Friends (right).


James Fraser, Chairman of Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, said: “Projects like these are part of helping people to enjoy Scotland’s first National Park and we have no hesitation in supporting these initiatives which will make a real difference on the ground.


‘’People of all abilities should be able to enjoy the scenery of the park and it is great to see a project being implemented that enables mobility issues to be addressed in imaginative ways. Summerfest, meanwhile, has been a real asset to Callander since its inception and we equally are pleased to support it for another year. We are also pleased to support the Callander Landscape Partnership which should help to strengthen Callander’s credentials as the Outdoor Capital of the National Park.”


Wayne Johnson of Trossachs Mobility said: “We welcome the support from the Friends as we seek to grow the reach of our mobility initiative which is designed to make a difference to the lives of those who live in or visit Callander and wider Trossachs area but find it more difficult to get about in the great outdoors. It is also encouraging that this funding is coming from visitors through donations via local businesses and I would encourage more businesses to come on board to support the Friends fundraising efforts.’’


Sheila Winstone, Town Co-ordinator of Callander Community Development Trust, and also a Trustee of the Friends, said: “I’m pleased so many worthwhile local projects are being supported by the Friends. All these projects in their own way are helping to strengthen the appeal of the Callander area as an attractive place to visit and stay.’’