A LOCAL outdoors group is appealing for volunteers from across Helensburgh to help keep the local path network in shape.

The Helensburgh and District Access Trust is run by eight local volunteers and is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the Three Lochs Way long distance route – one of Scotland’s “great trails”, which has over 3,500 walkers per annum.

With some grant funding assistance from Paths for All, the trust has recently installed people counters along the local path network.

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The counters are important, as hard evidence is required to prove use of the paths when the trust applies for funding support to keep the footways in good condition.

Since they were installed in early December, more than 10,600 people have passed the counters on the Upland Way path between the Hill House and Rhu - dogs, unless they are very tall, do not trigger the counter.

Now, the group need some new, especially younger, volunteers to get involved or to add their name to the 'occasional helper list' and be ready to give some help when practical work is being undertaken.

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If you are interested, please contact trust secretary Anne Urquhart by email at anne@balmillig.co.uk.

Alternatively, if you wish to make a donation, then this can be done at threelochsway.co.uk/about-us/donate.

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