Environmentalists inspire at Community Partnership gathering

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Toad patrols, wildlife blogs, beach cleaning and repairing mountain paths are just some of the things happening across Loch Lomond and the Trossachs 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’ recently in 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 come at a crucial time around the climate change agenda and communities to look ahead into their sustainability beyond 2050.

This year’s awards were presented in special memory of two special people –  Celia Burn (Community Partnership and Kilmaronock Community Trust) and Liz Evans (Cormonochan Woodlands Association, Lochgoil) – renowned for their own personal contributions to raising environmental awareness and deep rooted community involvement.

Scooping first place for the Celia Burn Community Environmentalists of the Year was the Scottish Wildlife Trust Callander Group, an inspirational community group doing outstanding work in environmental education and wildlife conservation.

Receiving a highly commended award in the same category was Sheron Hambly, who has been instrumental in 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 was recognised by her community.

Joint first place award for the Liz Evans Young Environmentalist of the Year goes to two young men in recognition of their contribution to environmental conservation.

Aidan Cronin from Callander recently completed his junior ranger’s certificate and sits upon the National Park Youth Forum. Nominated by the
Callander Youth Project Trust, his enthusiasm and voluntary commitment to protecting and enhancing the natural environment of the National Park is infectious.

Struan Burch of Dunblane joined the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park volunteer programme to experience a gap year enjoying the outdoors and the environment that he loves. Struan’s passion 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 a monitoring programme, and repairing mountain paths with the Mountains and the People Project.

More information about this year’s environmental awards and Gathering event can be found by visiting www.thecommunitypartnership.org.uk.