The Friends of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs (FoLLT) have announced the successful completion of their visitor management project for 2021 – the ‘Adopt a Bonnie Banks Bin Scheme’ – which has seen 20 bins placed in laybys along the busy 13-mile tourist corridor between Arden and Tarbet on the A82.
The scheme, which was co-ordinated with the help of Green Recovery funding in partnership with local community and tourism businesses, has made a huge difference to the overall appearance of the area and seen circa 20 tons of litter uplifted each year.
FoLLT Project Support Officer Jennifer said: “We are delighted with the success of the scheme and would like to thank the National Park Authority, Luss Estates, and local businesses – namely The Lodge on Loch Lomond, Duck Bay Hotel & Restaurant, Cruise Loch Lomond, Forest Holidays, Lochs & Glens Hotels, Sweeney’s Cruises and The Slanj Bar & Restaurant – for sponsoring the Bonnie Banks Bin scheme this year.”
Jennifer continued: “The cost to run the bin scheme is anticipated to be £35,000 – £40,000 and more sponsors are needed in order to reach this funding goal. We would like to appeal to individuals and businesses who are interested in participating in the scheme by sponsoring a bin to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us on 07496 433134.”
The A82 has been under huge pressure due to the popularity of the beautiful Loch Lomond, which is the gateway to Scotland’s first National Park and Argyll and the West Highlands, carrying 6 million vehicles annually.
FoLLT are now looking to assemble a funding package to continue the scheme during 2024, with several of this year’s sponsors already pledging their support.