Our Local Access Forum is an advisory group appointed by us. The Forum has thirteen members, including representatives from conservation, recreational groups, landowners and managers and one of our Board Members.
Please note that the Local Access Forum meet twice a year, but can and do schedule additional meetings when required.
Members of the public may put forward items for discussion at Forum meetings in the following ways:
Public Participation in meetings:
- By making a written correspondence to the Forum 3 weeks prior to a Forum meeting.
- Items will then be checked for content by the Convenor and any inflammatory references or inappropriate references to staff or individual members. The decision on the request will be communicated in writing.
- Those who submit an approved request then have an option to either speak in person for a maximum of 5 minutes at the meeting or have the issue presented by the Convenor.
- The Convenor will co-ordinate the response and any further related questions that may be asked by Members of the speaker.
Agendas and papers for meetings are posted on this website three days before.
If you’d like to get in touch with any of our Local Access Forum members, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Smith – joined our Access Forum in 2014 and lives in Fintry. Chris loves outdoor pursuits, in particular mountain biking, sailing, mountaineering and ski touring. He chairs the Management Committee of Rothiemurchus Lodge in the Cairngorm National Park.
Dr Paul Prescott – is a retired railway director who lives in Kilmahog. Paul is the Chairman of Callander Ramblers, the largest walking club in the National Park. Paul is also Chairman of Callander’s Countryside, a Director of Callander Community Development Trust and Chairman of Scottish Autism.
Grant Dolier – represents the Scottish Canoe Association. A full time outdoor practitioner Grant spends most of his time working within the Park on the water, in canoes and kayaks, but also on dry land, walking, biking and climbing.
Alasdair Eckersall – has worked for the National Trust for Scotland since 1992 as the Manager and Ranger for Ben Lomond. Alasdair’s work on Ben Lomond involves long-term conservation management, path repair and maintenance, working with volunteers, and interpretation of the natural and cultural history of the area.
Don Milton (Convener) – Don Milton represents the British Horse Society and is a keen hill walker. He has been involved with access since the introduction of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.
Sue Riches – represents the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. Sue is a keen walker, winter mountaineer, skier/ski tourer and regular National Park user. Sue is also a qualified Mountain leader. A strong supporter of the benefits of access for all, Sue is interested in the impacts of increased access on the Park.
Bob Sparkes – is a walker, back-packer, cyclist and dinghy sailor. Bob has been a member of our Local Access Forum and also the Stirling Local Access Forum, since 2007 representing Scotways. Bob is keen to promote outdoor activities for everyone in order to improve health and well-being.
Yvonne Boles – is a Conservation Officer for RSPB Scotland covering the National Park. Yvonne works with us on planning and conservation projects and also represents interests as a landowner.
Will Huckerby – has worked in Outdoor Recreation for Forestry Enterprise Scotland for over ten years representing the National Forest Estate. Will’s a passionate advocate of public access in association with wider land management, forestry and environmental protection.
Falcon Frost – Falcon has been Glenfalloch Estates Gamekeeper/Deer Stalker for the past 21 years. He is responsible for managing the deer population on Glenfalloch Estate and the estates conservation interest as well as the day-to-day running and servicing of the run of the river hydro schemes on the estate and access on the estate. He loves working in the outdoors and working to enhance the estates’ biodiversity.
Lisa Roberts – Lisa is the Regional Manager with NFU Scotland responsible for the Forth and Clyde area, stretching from Abington to Tyndrum, representing a wide range of farming activity from the intensive dairy farm to the remote hill unit.
Vacancy – Park Authority Board member
Elaine Fotheringham – is a Planner with sportscotland, the national agency for sport. Access rights are closely linked to a range of sport and recreation interests. sportscotland’s advisory role makes sure that sport and recreation interests are given due consideration in the work of our Local Access Forum. sportscotland is also a full member of the National Access Forum.
PC Paul Barr – Paul has been a police officer for nineteen years, initially joining Central Scotland Police prior to the formation of Police Scotland. He has been seconded to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park since 2009 and is a trained Wildlife Crime Officer. Whilst off duty, Paul loves fly-fishing and landscape photography.
Role of our Local Access Forum
The Forum’s main task is to advise us and the public on issues relating to the right of responsible access under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. They give us advice on core paths planning, rights of way, issues around the exercising of access rights, and management of outdoor access and recreation.
They can also help us with other access related work in the National Park, like signage standards or advice to recreational users.
Our Forum members can ask the advice of advisory members from external organisations when needed, like sportscotland and Police Scotland.