National Park encourages visitors to Respect Your Park

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To mark National Park Week (25-31 July 2016), Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is launching a new campaign encouraging visitors to help take care of the Park.

The 'Respect Your Park' campaign has a focus on litter and responsible camping and aims to ensure people understand how to show respect for the environment and others.

The joint initiative from Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, Forest Enterprise Scotland and Police Scotland also has messages about noise, safe fires, going to the toilet in the wild, fishing, and safe driving on the often busy roads of the Park.

Gordon Watson, chief executive of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park said:

"National Parks Week is a perfect opportunity to encourage people to come and enjoy themselves and to ask for their help to keep this Park special. It is wonderful that 50% of Scotland’s population is just an hour’s drive from Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. With such easy access for so many people, it is important that everyone who comes here to knows how to do the right thing to help us take care of this special place."

Advice in a new Respect Your Park leaflet can be summarised as:

  1. Take your litter home
  2. Never cut down or damage trees to make a fire
  3. Use a public toilet or bury your waste
  4. Dispose of your fishing line responsibly
  5. Is your tent one too many? Avoid over-crowding when camping
  6. Keep noise down and lights low after 9pm
  7. Be aware of road conditions, stick to the speed limits and park responsibly

During National Parks Week, Park Rangers will be meeting members of the public throughout the Park and in the Go Outdoors Clydebank store to share top tips and advice about how to make the most of the National Park, responsibly.

Park Rangers will also be distributing the new 'Respect Your Park' leaflets and bio-degradable litter bags, asking people to take their litter home.

Visit the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park website for more information.