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Funding Boost for Lochside Village Green

Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, the independent conservation and heritage charity for the National Park area, has stepped in to assist a lochside community group’s plans for improving the village green in the centre of the popular tourist village of Balmaha - with a grant of £1,500.

East Loch Lomond Community Trust is well underway with landscaping the former derelict village toilet block site with attractive boundary stone walling, paths and seating areas to create a focal point in the heart of Balmaha. They also have plans to install three storyboards featuring the nearby Highland Fault Boundary and Loch Lomond.

The grant from the Friends of OUR Park Visitor Giving Scheme will help fund some landscaping work and the new storyboards which are designed to complement the adjacent Tom Weir’s Rest site which has been transformed in recent years.

The Friends of OUR Park project has been operational since 2010 and has raised substantial sums for a wide range of projects in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park area.

John Urquhart, Vice-Chairman of Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, said: “We are delighted help the efforts of the East Loch Lomond Community Trust to improve the Balmaha village green as part of a wider village enhancement scheme.  We consider this is a great way of using funds raised from visitors by local businesses such as the Oak Tree Inn as projects of this nature are of benefit to local residents as well as helping to ensure visitors get more out of their stay.’’

Joe Twaddle, of East Loch Lomond Community Trust, said: “Funding from sources like the Friends is essential to projects like ours and we very much appreciate their help and support. Balmaha is growing in popularity and it is important we improve the public realm to present the village in the best way possible and keep it attractive".

“As well as the Friends, we wish to thank the thousands of visitors who have supported the Friends of OUR park visitor giving scheme and the participating businesses, without whose efforts and generosity the funding would not have been available.”

For more information on the Friends of OUR park project:

Call 01389 727761, email info@lochlomondtrossachs.org.uk or go to:

www.lochlomondtrossachs.org.uk 

Photo header caption: Joe Twaddle (right) of East Loch Lomond Community Trust receives the grant cheques totalling £1,500 from John Urquhart, Vice-Chairman of Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs (centre) and Sandy Fraser, contractor to East Loch Lomond Community Trust.

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