Vol­un­teer­ing on the rise in na­tional parks

The Oban Times - - News -

VOL­UN­TEER­ING in Scot­land’s na­tional parks is on the in­crease thanks to the unique five-year The Moun­tains and The Peo­ple Pro­ject, which launched in 2015.

Over the past six months, vol­un­teers have spent more than 1,500 hours in both of Scot­land’s na­tional parks, com­plet­ing a wide va­ri­ety of con­ser­va­tion work such as path main­te­nance, habi­tat man­age­ment and dry stone walling.

Si­mon Jones, di­rec­tor of con­ser­va­tion and vis­i­tor op­er­a­tions at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Na­tional Park, said: ‘Vol­un­teers play an im­por­tant and valu­able role in the work of the na­tional park and this pro­ject is pro­vid­ing a fan­tas­tic new range of op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to learn new skills and get in­volved in the care and pro­tec­tion of th­ese spe­cial land­scapes.’

Led by the Cairn­gorms Out­door Ac­cess Trust, the con- ser­va­tion part­ner­ship pro­ject brings to­gether Scot­land’s two na­tional park au­thor­i­ties – Cairn­gorms and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs – along­side Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage, Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land and the Her­itage Lottery Fund.

The CEO of Cairn­gorms Out­door Ac­cess Trust, Dougie Baird, said: ‘Our vol­un­teers have come from across Scot­land and be­yond and have played a mas­sive role in the work we have done, help­ing us to con­serve the nat­u­ral her­itage of Scot­land’s na­tional parks.

‘ We are en­thu­si­as­tic for 2017 as our vol­un­teer­ing pro­gramme gath­ers mo­men­tum and we look for­ward to work­ing with ever in­creas­ing num­bers of vol­un­teers in both of our na­tional parks.’

To play your part in the con­ser­va­tion of Scot­land’s na­tional her­itage, visit www. the­moun­tain­sandthep­eo­ple. org.uk/ vol­un­teer­ing.

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