The 2011 charrette in Callander was a reminder of just how much potential Callander had as a great place to live and visit. The vision was the ‘Outdoor Capital of the National Park’ and momentum is building on delivering on this vision.
Late last year Callander Landscape Partnership secured £1.5 million of Heritage Lottery Funding for the ‘Callander Pass’ scheme which is focused on the Leny Pass. These schemes put heritage conservation at the heart of rural regeneration. Local, regional and national organisations work together to make a real difference to landscapes and communities for the long term. They do this by conserving habitats at landscape-scale, promoting joined-up management, reviving long-lost skills and much more. Heritage Lottery Funded projects make a major contribution to work in the UK on implementing the European Landscape Convention.
The ‘Callander Pass’ scheme represents a significant opportunity to deliver a range of community aspirations including the development of cultural and natural heritage, rural skills and voluntary engagement in the Callander area, taking a co-ordinated and landscape-scale approach.
Callander is the largest town in the National Park and due to its location in the gap (or “pass”) between the Lowlands and Highlands at the eastern most corner of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, it is uniquely placed to service the needs of visitors and promote outdoor recreation in the Highlands and beyond.
The community-led project is the result of collaboration between local community organisations, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Forestry Commission Scotland and Stirling Council.
The Heritage Lottery Funding includes £119,600 for the development phase, with additional contributions from SNH (£10,000) and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park (£8,550) to complete the costs for development.
The next year will see community aspirations envisioned and worked up into fully developed project plans for submission to Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Funding. If successful this will release funding for delivery of the project.