From left to right, James Fraser, Andy Roger, John Urqhart, Audrey Calder and Paul Saunders
The conservation charity, the Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, has joined forces with Loch Lomond Shores to help fund and install a new £5,000 exhibition showcasing the wonders of Loch Lomond in the busy Loch Lomond Shores shopping mall at the southern end of the loch in Balloch.
The exhibition was opened on 18th September by Andy Roger, Chairman of local destination group, Love Loch Lomond and Resort Director at Cameron House Hotel. Exhibition content was provided by Friends’ Trustees John Urquhart and Paul Saunders who worked over the summer developing the exhibition content and taking some stunning photography to produce a very attractive and informative exhibition designed to encourage the public to explore and enjoy many of the natural and cultural heritage wonders of Loch Lomond and the villages around the lochside.
As part of the exhibition there are also some panels promoting the work of the Friends and this is complemented by literature stands and a donation point. At the opening of the exhibition Andy Roger said: ‘’I am delighted this collaborative effort by the Friends and Loch Lomond Shores has resulted in the production of such a high quality exhibition introducing visitors to the wide variety of things to see and do around this famous and romantic loch. I am also pleased that guests at both of our Cameron House restaurants helped fund the exhibition with voluntary donations through the successful Friends of OUR park visitor giving scheme.’’
James Fraser, Chairman of the Friends said: ‘’We have worked closely with Loch Lomond Shores on this joint initiative to promote the special qualities of the wider Loch Lomond area and we have been pleased to provide some grant funding from the Friends visitor giving scheme as well as some practical support to make it happen.’’
Audrey Calder of Loch Lomond Shores said:’’ We were looking to improve the provision of information on Loch Lomond on our busy site and the Friends readily stepped up to help us deliver the exhibition which I am confident will prove to be very popular with our customers. We have appreciated their support and enthusiasm in helping to deliver such an interesting exhibition which is now in a high visibility location in our shopping mall.’’
Funding for the exhibition was provided by Loch Lomond Shores and a grant from the Friends of OUR park visitor giving scheme which involves local businesses such as nearby Cameron House encouraging visitors to make donations for conservation, heritage and access projects throughout the National Park