Environmentalists inspire at CP Gathering!

Toad patrols, wildlife blogs, beach cleaning and repairing mountain paths are just some of the amazing things happening across the National Park.

Communities across Loch Lomond and the Trossachs came together at the Community Partnership’s  annual event ‘A Green Revolution – building sustainable communities now’ on Saturday the 27th October 2018, at The Three Villages Hall, Arrochar to learn about and celebrate local people raising environmental awareness, promoting environmental conservation and making their community more sustainable.

The event and awards celebrating the ‘Year of Young People’ comes at a crucial time around the Climate Change agenda and communities to look ahead into their sustainability beyond 2050.

This years awards were presented in special memory of two very special people, Celia Burn and Liz Evans renowned for their own personal contributions to raising environmental awareness and deep rooted community involvement.

The Celia Burn ‘Community Environmental Award of the Year’  

1st Place: Scottish Wildlife Trust Callander Group

This inspirational and unique community group has been doing outstanding work in environmental education and wildlife conservation for many years.

Organising and facilitating inspirational monthly public talks, fundraising and awareness events, local wildlife recording, toad patrols (including frogs and newts), orchid surveys and regular reports for the Ben Ledi View their captive audience has grown within the community and to visitors alike.

This year the group held stalls to highlight saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, the Living Seas project plus selling a wide range of plants, including locally grown wildflowers, to raise funds divided between the wider work of the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Callander Primary school.  Congratulations and keep up the fantastic work!

Highly Commended: Sheron Hambly

Sheron, since coming to live in Lochgoilhead has become an integral part of her community, most importantly organising numerous litter clearing events along the many local and surrounding beaches of Lochgoil.  Sheron’s vigour and tenacity in organising and motivating others to get involved is why she deserves recognition for this award.

Renowned for its natural beauty, the environment and community of Lochgoil has greatly benefitted from Sheron’s stalwart efforts and in an area of tourism within the National Park has made it a more pleasant and cleaner place to live and visit. Well done Sheron!

The Liz Evans ‘‘Young Environmentalist of the Year’  

This year two very inspirational young men received a joint award for Young Environmentalist of the Year for their own individual contribution to environmental conservation.

Joint 1st place: Aidan Cronin

Aidan who recently completed his junior rangers certificate and sits upon the National Park Youth Forum was nominated by the Callander Youth Project Trust for his enthusiasm and voluntary commitment to protecting and enhancing the natural environment of the National Park.

Writing regular wildlife and gardening articles for the Ben Ledi View he has also created a wonderful nature corner in the CYP youth space and encourages other young people to be more environmentally aware. Aidan is behind CYP integrating a nature day every Wednesday during their summer programme attracting over 100 young people. Aidan regularly hosts bird watching days, RSPB Big Garden Watches as well as bird watching quizzes and posting live videos from the day on social media. Well done Aidan, you are an inspiration!

Unfortunately Aidan was unable to attend the event as he had other commitments on the day and will be presented with his award very soon. Receiving the award on his behalf and telling us a little more about Aidan was Steven Kent (National Park Authority Youth Ranger, and Callander Youth Project Trust).

Joint 1st place: Struan Burch

Struan Burch (L) and Dinah McDonald, CP Chair (R)

Struan joined the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park volunteer programme because he wanted to experience a gap  year enjoying the outdoors and the environment that he loves the most. Struan’s love for nature and wildlife has been his motivation to use his ornithological skills to survey wetland birds in on Loch Lomond, monitor the population of water voles in the Loch Ard forest, ringing Barn Owls as part of the Barn Owl monitoring programme, and repairing mountain paths with the Mountains and the People Project.

All the projects that Struan has been involved have contributed and enhanced the diversity of wildlife and recreational opportunities that surround our rural communities, and thus encouraging eco-tourism.

Struan is the first young person on the NP volunteer programme with an average age of 54, which can often be very daunting to a young person. However Struan’s enthusiasm and commitment has seen him fit right in and standout out as a worthy winner for this years awards! Congratulations Struan!


To find out more about any of the work and projects above please get in touch at E: info@thecommunitypartnership.org.uk.