Love this place, leave no trace

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The National Trust for Scotland is urging visitors to Love this place, leave no trace in a new campaign  to protect scenic beauty and encourage visitors and campers to minimise their impact.

Scotland’s national conservation charity launched the campaign this month in a bid to address some of the serious issues faced at the properties and wild locations it cares for. Littering, fences and trees being used for firewood and dogs worrying livestock are just some of the anti-social experience trust staff and volunteers have been facing.

Over the past year, when lockdown restrictions have lifted, National Trust for Scotland staff have welcomed record numbers of visitors to its  world-renowned areas of natural beauty.

People have been able to explore and discover the treasures on their own doorstep with the national conservation charity, which for 90 years has cared for and protected many of the country’s most loved places, following government advice on Covid-19 and social distancing.

With international travel still uncertain, trust staff and volunteers anticipate high levels of visitor numbers in the months ahead.

The cumulative effect of large numbers of people visiting the countryside can lead to unintended damage and the trust has addressed this in recent months with campaigns highlighting the impact on local wildlife and ecosystems and providing advice on how to visit safely and responsibly.

The charity hopes the ‘Love this place, leave no trace’ will also help raise vital funds for clean-up efforts and help people understand how to minimise their impact on these beautiful places.

The National Trust for Scotland is urging people to get out and visit the locations and properties it cares for responsibly. To help, rangers have drawn up ten top tips – which you can read below.

You can also donate online and find out more about work being done in your local area at: www.nts.org.uk/leave-no-trace

The Top Ten Tips from National Trust for Scotland rangers to Love this place, leave no trace include parking with care, take rubbish home, stay on paths,  use a stove instead of lighting a fire, keep dogs under control and choose a camping spot carefully.