Save the Loch Arklet View
- Forestry Commission Scotland, The Scottish Government, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park,SNH
Our thanks to everyone who signed the petition, either online or on paper. In total 3061 signatures were received, and this had a major impact on the outcome of our lobbying campaign. Future tree planting was considerably reduced, and other concessions gained. See the website above for full details.
The magnificent views at Loch Arklet are under threat of being planted over by Forestry Commission Scotland to become part of the 'Great Trossachs Forest'. There is more information on our website www.locharkletview.org.uk including photographs of this famous view, which is highly valued by both local people and also the many tourists who visit the area.
Community organisations representing those living at or near to Loch Arklet have been expressing their concerns about these planting plans since they were issued in late 2007, but now have been asked by Forestry Commission Scotland to provide urgent evidence of wider support for leaving this area unplanted. We will provide this petition as evidence to all the above targets with influence in making this decision.
Loch Arklet and its surrounding moorland provide the most stunning view in our part of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Please help us save it for future generations by signing our petition.
Update 17 December 2008: Our petition is still active with over 1000 signatures now received, including those on the identical paper petition.
The decision on planting at Loch Arklet has been delayed due to errors made by FCS, and information is being considered by Scottish Government Ministers - see the website for further details.
Update 29 January 2009: A motion has just been lodged in The Scottish Parliament supporting our case, which is a huge boost to the campaign. See the website for details. Our petition is still active with 1560 signatures now received, including those on the identical paper petition being signed by many visitors to the area. Please keep signing to show your support!
We, the undersigned, are asking all the organisations named above to respect the opinions of the local community and visitors to Loch Arklet, and to act to stop all Forestry planting around this loch in order to preserve the iconic view.
The Save the Loch Arklet View petition to Forestry Commission Scotland, The Scottish Government, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park,SNH was written by Strathard Community Council & Loch Katrine Community Trust and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.