2012 certainly started with a bang with the recent storms we all experienced. We witnessed some of the worst damage in years around the Park with major routes being blocked, property damaged and lochs at abnormally high levels. Our maintenance rangers have been working hard to remove debris from affected walking and cycling routes. They have managed to clear many sections of path but the work is ongoing as many trees will have to be removed. Thankfully the weather has settled now but it was inspiring to see communities and public organisations joining forces in the clear up operation.
It’s hard to believe we’re into November already - a huge amount has happened here in the Park over the last few months! You may
have seen the media coverage of the recently approved gold mine application.
There was lots of hard work put in by both Scotgold and ourselves on this
application, and the local community are passionate about the opportunities an
operating mine presents for the area. The story is being told in a documentary
on BBC4, as part of a series of ‘Tales from the National Parks’. Great stuff!
The Cononish goldmine application has been a great example of the challenges we face both as a National Park and a Planning Authority. As guardians of this beautiful place, we have a huge responsibility to look after and protect the environment for generations to come. We also have a responsibility to make sure our communities thrive. Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is a vibrant and living place so we must do everything we can to encourage sustainable economic growth but at the same time, not kill the golden goose, which is the natural beauty of the area!