Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, the independent conservation and heritage charity for Scotland's first National Park has raised £10,000 from visitors working with local tourism business in Scotland's first National Park to help improve a number of heavily used and eroded mountain paths.
The funding is being used to support the Mountains and the People project which is being led by the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland working in partnership with a range of bodies including Loch Lomnd and The Trossachs National Park. The project was established to tackle a raft of mountain path upgrading works with a team consisting of both staff and volunteers. Its work has included upgrading 19 paths in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park over the past four years.
The Friends is providing the funding through the pioneering Friends of OUR park visitor giving scheme, which involves over 100 businesses throughout the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park collecting donations from visitors by a variety of means including opt-in donations on overnight accommodation and menu items in cafes and restaurants.
James Fraser, Chairman of the Friends said:
We are delighted to be continuing to raise funds to support this very valuable mountain paths work which is providing trainees and volunteers with an opportunity to learn new skills as well as making a real difference to the overall quality of some heavily used paths throughout the National Park.
Our visitor giving mechanism provides an ideal platform for many thousands of visitors who enjoy the extensive path network to give something back and it is encouraging to see how many are willing to do so through Friends of OUR park donations.
Outdoor Access Trust Chief Executive, Dougie Baird said:
We very much appreciate this generous contribution from the Friends innovative visitor giving scheme which is being supported by many local businesses located in the shadows of many of the most popular mountain paths that we have been involved in upgrading