The idea of National Parks was pioneered by a Scotsman (John Muir) over one hundred years, and National Parks were established in nearly every country of the world. It was not till the summer of 2002 that Scotland opened its first National Park. The Friends of Loch Lomond had campaigned for that park for over 20 years, both directly and indirectly by representation on a number of Working Parties and other relevant committees.
Their aims in the past have been to use the unique knowledge of their many hundreds of members to protect and conserve the beauty of Loch Lomond and its surroundings, whilst having regard for the social and economic welfare of the communities in the area around the Loch. This includes appropriate developments in appropriate places such as Loch Lomond Golf Course, Cameron House Hotel and Loch Lomond Shores.
Their aims in the future remain the same but now they shall be co-operating with the new National Park in addition to the Local Authorities. The need for comment on planning projects, initiatives to improve the environment as well as conserve it and a large number of people to keep a weather eye open will not be changed by the new Park.
For several years the new team establishing the functions of the Park Authority and at the same time maintaining the planning and other functions in the area will have a mammoth task. The Friends of Loch Lomond will help in any way we can.