A group of 17 volunteers recently helped to make a difference at the Lauder Monument at Invernoaden in Cowal with the removal of rhododendrons and access path improvements. This was part of the latest in a series of ‘Make a Difference Days’ organised by Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, the independent conservation charity covering the National Park.

Since a major restoration and improvement programme at the site was completed late last year the Lauder Monument has become a popular attraction with the new small car park regularly full. However, since then the path to the Monument eroded in places, a tree fell blocking the Monument access steps and invasive rhododendrons had grown considerably, blocking light to trees and shrubs in the woodland areas lining the path.

The Friends coordinated this latest volunteer event with support from the National Park Authority. Volunteers from SEPA, the National Park Authority and the Friends travelled from quite far afield to take part in this Make a Difference Day. They were joined by some local volunteers from the Strachur area and they all spent the day working together filling dips in the main access, clearing leaves from the steps leading to the Monument, removing a fallen tree, cutting back a substantial amount of ‘rhodies’ and tidying up around the Monument itself.

John Urquhart, Vice Chair of the charity said: “This was another very successful Make a Difference Day, demonstrating what can be achieved when we work together to improve special areas within the National Park.

It was great to see a healthy number of volunteers getting involved in this latest event and pulling together to make a difference at this important historic site which has proved to be very popular following a major programme of works completed by the Friends last year in the run up to the 102nd anniversary of the death of Captain John Lauder, the son of Sir Harry Lauder, on 28th December in France during WW1.”

Anyone wishing to get involved in future Make a Difference Days or helping to maintain the Lauder Monument site can get in touch with the Friends by calling 001389 727761 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.