Friends support Callander Improvements


4 June 2013 

Local conservation and heritage charity, Friends of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, who operate the Friends of ‘OUR park’ visitor giving scheme and undertake fundraising activities, have recently awarded a total of £3,000 to two priority environmental projects being taken forward by the Callander Community Development Trust.

The two grants are made up of £2,000 for the Bracklinn path project to significantly improve the condition of the footpath along the river beyond the iconic Bracklinn Bridge as well as improve interpretation at the site, and a further £1,000 for the Community Friendship Garden to help create an attractive green space on the site of the old public toilet block in the town centre which links Main Street with the footbridge over the River Teith.

Frank Park, Chair of Callander Community Development Trust said “We are very grateful to the Friends of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs for their grant support of these 2 priority projects aimed at improving in Callander. It is also encouraging that money raised by voluntary donations via local businesses participating in the OUR park voluntary giving scheme, such as Deli Ecosse and Roslin Cottage, is being invested in projects that not only further enhance the quality of life for local residents but also the visitor experience for tourists coming to the area.”

Local business owner, Julie Carmichael of Deli Ecosse, who has raised over £1,000 over 2 years for the OUR park scheme by donating 5p on the sale of every cup of coffee said: “I am thrilled that the money we have raised is going towards the Bracklinn Path project and the Community Garden, which will improve access to the natural environment and as well as enhance visual appeal of the area.”

Additional funding was raised through the Friends annual golf charity event which was supported by a range of local businesses.