Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, the independent conservation charity covering Scotland’s first National Park, recently held another successful Make a Difference Day, removing stretches of the tree tunnel alongside the edge of Loch Lomond and the busy A82 as part of their ambitious Windows on the Loch initiative
The event, organised by the Friends, with support of the National Park Authority, luss Estates and Scottish Water saw some 22 volunteers rolling their sleeves up and working hard clearing trees and vegetation at key view points between Luss and Inverbeg to open up stunning views of the loch and Ben Lomond. They also cleared large quantities of litter from this stretch of the loch shoreline.
The Friends have committed to a 10 year rolling programme to ensure millions of visitors as well as local residents have the opportunity to enjoy views of the bonnie banks as they travel up and down the busy A82. Until the friends intervention this important tourist route was characterised by dense thickets and tree cover creating an unattractive 20 mile corridor between Duck Bay and Tarbet with no glimpses of Scotland’s famous loch.
John Urquhart, Vice Chairman of the Friends said: ’’This was the latest in a series of Make a Difference Days led by the Friends, and we are grateful to all the enthusiastic volunteers for their great support and hard work which is helping to ensure more people can enjoy the special scenic qualities of Loch Lomond. I was pleased we had a good cross section of volunteers from many walks of life and including staff from Scottish Water and luss estates as well as youth volunteers from the National Park volunteer scheme.’’