A NATIONAL park conservation and heritage charity has helped to open up views of Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond from the busy A82 with a major volunteer action day.

Friends of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs staged Make a Difference Day last week with the support of the National Park Authority and Luss Estates.

The charity organises regular events for volunteers who aim to, as the name suggests, make a difference for people and nature in all areas of Scotland’s first National Park.

Good weather blessed the efforts by the group of volunteers, working to open up views along a 1km stretch of the A82 just north of Inverbeg on Loch Lomondside. They did their work only days before Storm Diana set in.

A total of 13 volunteers from a variety of organisations and backgrounds selflessly gave up their day and cleared scrub and saplings which threatened to obscure views of the loch and Ben.

They also collected piles of rubbish including old car seats and kitchen equipment that had been thoughtlessly discarded on the banks of Loch Lomond and distracted from the scenic beauty of this popular visitor destination.

Handing out ‘Friends of Our Park’ badges to the volunteers, Helensburgh man John Urquhart, vice-chairman of the Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, said: “The continued support of an enthusiastic band of volunteers once again has made a major difference on the ground in protecting and improving scenic views of Loch Lomond.”

He also thanked Friends Business Supporter, Niall Colquhoun, proprietor of the Inn on Loch Lomond Hotel for kindly providing a lunch of soup and sandwiches for the volunteers.