April 2, 2021
The Covid-19 crisis has had a significant impact on communities in the National Park – both in relation to health, well-being and the economy. Community groups and volunteers have responded magnificently to those in most need in their local areas and the National Park Authority is working hard to ensure support and guidance is coordinated effectively.
Please check our Covid-19/Coronavirus digital advice hub for up-to-date support and advice on:
The National Park has been working closely with key partners, including Police Scotland, Transport Scotland, Forestry and Land Scotland, and the four local authorities within the National Park, throughout the pandemic to co-ordinate responses to the continued changes in restrictions and protection measures.
Following the pressures experienced across the National Park in 2020 due to the surge in visitor numbers when lockdown restrictions lifted, the partners have been working together to develop a coordinated approach for the 2020 visitor season. This is set out in the Joint Response Visitor Management Plan.
Email updates on this work are being issued to Community Councils and Community Development Trusts within the National Park at key milestones. Virtual briefings are also being held with key stakeholder groups to keep communities updated and to provide opportunities to feed into our longer term visitor management planning. Notes of the most recent meetings can be found below.
Please note that meetings for the Cowal area and for East Loch Lomond and the surrounding area are being rearranged. If you would like to attend future sessions, please let us know by contacting email@example.com.
Who to contact about visitor pressures in the National Park?
Communities and stakeholders can provide information on visitor pressures being experienced across the National Park by emailing Feedback@lochlomond-trossachs.org
The information you provide will be used by the National Park Authority and its partners to plan and adapt our response to visitor management throughout the season, so please be specific about where and what the pressure is so we can adapt appropriately.
Please note that the feedback inbox should not be used to report emergencies or to lodge a complaint.
Details of how to report specific activities or make complaints are provided below:
If you are not sure if the area is local authority land please report flytipping to Dumb Dumpers at Dumb Dumpers – Report flytipping | Zero Waste Scotland
If you wish to make a complaint about the National Park Authority please follow ‘how to make a complaint’ procedure.
The Community Partnership’s website and regular email updates will keep communities updated on relevant support and information. If you’re not already on their mailing list, please subscribe so you get their weekly community newsletter.
In February 2021 the membership of the Community Partnership took the difficult decision to wind up at the end of March. From April 2021, the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Countryside Trust will take on an increased role that includes improved communications with communities on core topics and closer working with community groups in achieving positive actions to address the climate and biodiversity crises and work towards a green recovery from COVID-19. Read more on the closure and support available to communities from both the Countryside Trust and National Park Authority.
Tourism businesses are a fundamental part of communities in the National Park. We continue to support both businesses in the Park and the communities who live around them throughout the pandemic so that everyone has confidence to use and enjoy the National Park safely and responsibly. Read more on our Respect Your Park web page. Business owners can also find more advice for businesses.
Links to some key advice and support agencies are listed below; each of these has further information, funding updates and resources available to community groups. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
Councils provide local support and funding, while Third Sector Interfaces (TSI) are local organisations funded by the Scottish Government to provide support to local non-profit community/voluntary-led groups that are activists or service providers – often called the ‘third sector’.
Argyll and Bute area
West Dunbartonshire area
Perth and Kinross area
Funding for the third sector, including support relating to social enterprises, is provided in many forms and by many funders.
For national funding bodies, advice and support, check the Scottish Councils for Volunteer Organisations Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub.
Check your local Council and Third Sector Interface for local funding, grants and funding support (contact information above).