It seems like a long time since Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park granted planning permission for RSPB Scotland’s ‘Path to the Loch’ project back in May 2020. This, like many other projects, has faced significant delays due to the impacts of COVID-19. However, we are delighted to share with you that the construction phase of the Wildlife Trail to Loch Lomond project at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond will commence in January 2022.
It’s very exciting to be able to be finally ‘breaking ground’ and delivering a project that has now been over four years in the making, and on completion will mean that the incredible nature here is accessible to more people. The project centres around the creation of a new 1.3km trail, which will link the Shore Wood path to the existing path network and visitor hub for the first time, along with a new and exciting programme of events and activities for visitors. You can find out more about it in our blog from last summer.
The process we have been through with the Planning Authority has been lengthy but thorough, and we are confident that we are able to deliver this project with minimum impacts on what makes the place so special.
The company who will be delivering the works is McLaren Plant Ltd and we are working alongside Contract Managers at Ironside Farrar. Members of both companies previously worked at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond to deliver the now well-established Airey Woodland trail and Viewpoint Trail, and the site access road and car park, respectively.
With any project comes a lot of paperwork be it risk assessments, construction methodology, programme of works or species protection plans. In particular, we have collaboratively produced two documents: a Construction Method Statement and a Core Path & Access Management Plan. The methods outlined in these documents have taken on-board feedback received from our neighbours and we have worked hard to ensure we can reduce the impact of the works as much as possible. Although there will be disruption, as with any construction project, we want to ensure the impacts are minimised.
These documents are available to read in full upon request, but we have summarised the main points of interest, to let you know what will be happening during the works, and to give you an idea of what to expect if visiting in this time.
Summary of construction phase
How long will construction take?
We are hopeful that the construction phase will be completed within 8-10 weeks. However, as is the current climate, there are issues outside of our control in wider society that may impact the schedule such as reduced availability of materials, drivers and fuel. We will do all we can to limit the length of the disruption and will be providing regular blog and social media updates to keep everyone informed on progress.
Where should I go if I have any questions?
You can contact the RSPB site team on 01389830670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to ask any questions or find out more. You can also follow us on Twitter @RSPBLochLomond.
The Wildlife Trail to Loch Lomond project has been made possible through funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund, Brown Forbes Memorial Fund and the Horace and Helen Gillman
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