Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to regulate camping in several areas around the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
Following an extensive public consultation conducted last year, Scottish Land & Estates said that it was only right that new measures were introduced to challenge anti-social behaviour in the area.
Anne Gray, Policy Officer (Environment) at Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We welcome the Scottish Government’s decision to introduce byelaws that will go some way in tackling severe instances of anti-social behaviour that was blighting many areas around the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
“Landowners, farmers and other land managers, along with Park Authority staff and local residents, have been in the unenviable position of having to deal with the aftermath of weekend and summertime camping problems. This includes clearing up discarded tents, litter, human and animal waste on a significant scale. This places time and financial burdens on private landowners, managers and farmers, as well as on public services, in a way that was never the intention of Scotland’s outdoor access legislation. They were also left powerless in terms of protecting trees and other wildlife which have suffered considerable damage over the years.
“There is undoubtedly a balance that needs to be struck regarding rights of access but sadly, too many individuals believe their rights of access do not come with the duty to enjoy that access responsibly. That is why these new measures have been introduced and it will help to protect one of our most precious and cherished landscapes.
“Alongside the introduction of 300 low-cost camping places, and continuing education initiatives on using the National Park responsibly, we believe this is a pragmatic suite of measures that should lead to a better and more enjoyable experience for those who visit, live and work around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.”