October 2016

Forestry Commission Report, East Loch Lomond

Forestry Commission Report, East Loch Lomond, October 2016

Sallochy Campsite

The campsite at Sallochy has been open this year since the end of March.  I am pleased to say that despite some very heavy rain in August that over the season we have enjoyed the highest amount of visitors and overnight stays we have ever had.  To some extent this reflects some of the wear and tear we have experienced on the camping spots   Helen Arthur and Moira, our site wardens have played an excellent role in making the site welcoming, friendly and well cared for.  This is not just my personal opinion but from comments received by the customers on our feedback forms on the website.  The site will be closed to campers as of 31st October this year.  During the winter closed period I hope to rectify some of the drainage problems and give the site some well needed TLC.

Ironworks Initiative

This year there have been a few incidents at the campsite this year, all of which have been resolved and dealt with effectively and promptly.  We are grateful for the input from the National Park staff and the Police for their help and support throughout the season.   We are hoping to be working with the Loch Lomond and National Park, and the Police staff next year to keep the number incidents to a minimum.

Ben Lomond Hill Path

As part of The Mountains and People project we are working in partnership with LL&TNP, SNH and the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust we are working to upgrade a number of hill paths including the quality of the hill path on Ben Lomond.   The work at Ben Lomond has recently been completed which appears to have made a significant improvement.

Balmaha Blue Route Felling

Following on from my previous report we had to cancel the planned felling at Balmaha.  It is now planned to commence during the month of December this year.  I will keep you posted with any developments. There will be no disruption to the West Highland Way which passes this area, as it will be kept open throughout the duration.

David Robertson                    

Recreation Manager  21/10/16

Your Community Needs YOU!

ACT NOW TO SAVE YOUR COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Nominations for new Councillors must be received by Stirling Council by Friday 21st October.

Without a Community Council we do not have an elected body with a mandate to consult the community and respond to requests for consultations from outside agencies such at the National Park and Stirling Council.

Nomination forms are available by emailing buchananccsecretary@outlook.comfrom Drymen Library, or going to Stirling Council website.

We are looking forward to welcoming you onto the team for what we have found to be an interesting and challenging opportunity to help protect our unique, rural community.