Strathard – a landscape to live, work & play

Strathard is located within the spectacular scenery of the Trossachs and with a population of around 1,000 (source 2008 Community Action Plan) it stretches westwards along from Braeval to Inversnaid taking in the communities of Aberfoyle, Kinlochard, Inversnaid and Stronachlachar. As well as a breath taking backdrop of mountains and ancient woodlands, other natural points of interest in Strathard include the Queen Elizabeth Park, the Achray Forest, the Duchray water and Loch Ard. Map Strathard boundary

Strathard a landscape to live, work and play, is a collaborative initiative that has been engaging with and capturing the views of everyone who benefits from and interacts within this area. During 2016 and 2017 local residents, visitors, landowners and local businesses have had an opportunity to say what they see are the benefits, environmental challenges, resources, and important factors of visiting, living and working in this very diverse landscape.

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The initiative also aims to foster closer working relationships and partnerships between agencies, visitors, land owners, local businesses and the community in a joint approach that will influence how the land, forest and water within the Strathard area is managed. Partnership agencies include Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Forest Enterprise Scotland, Stirling Council, Forest Research, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority (LLTNPA), and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), working with the Community Partnership who will mainly be focussed on engaging with all sectors from the Strathard community to raise awareness of the initiative, and give them the opportunity to influence and have a say on important decision making of how this is achieved. Fran Crumley of the Community Partnership said;

“This is a great opportunity for people in Strathard to tell us how the landscape affects their lives and how they affect the landscape. They can tell decision makers exactly what the issues are for them”

Dates for the community diary:Stop2_IMG_0466 Sat 24 Jun – Kinlochard Village Hall & Aberfoyle Memorial Hall 10am – 4pm

Partners from the initiative will be on hand for the launch of the Strathard Community Action Plan to discuss and feedback on the journey so far. A chance for residents and stakeholders to find out how the cross cutting themes and priorities coming out of the CAP and during the project will be implemented in the next 5 years and beyond.

For more info E: info@thecommunitypartnership.org,uk

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