Balancing on Ben Lomond the focus of talk

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THE NEXT afternoon talk organised by the National Trust for Scotland Angus Members’ Centre will take place on Thursday, March 14 at 2.30 p.m., in the Guide Hall, Myre Car park, Forfar.

The talk is entitled “Balancing on Ben Lomond” and will be given by Alasdair Eckersall, Property Manager/Ranger Naturalist at Ben Lomond.

Although it is sometimes more associated with historic houses and gardens, there are actually 46 Munros in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

One of these, at 3,193ft, is Ben Lomond, which sits on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond and is the most southerly Munro.

Its proximity to the central belt has lead to Ben Lomond earning the title of the “Glaswegians’ Munro” as, in the years between the wars when there was a surge in outdoor activities, the summit was easily attainable on a day trip from Glasgow and became very popular with those wanting to escape the city for a few hours.

This popularity continues today with over 30,000 people a year heading for the summit and the magnificent views over the Loch below and the surrounding Trossachs National Park.

Unfortunately this can take it’s toll on the landscape, and the paths – especially the “tourists’ path” - can soon become huge scars on the hillside if not managed properly.

Due to its wide range of upland plant species the property has a Site of Special Scientific Interest designation and therefore footpath conservation is vital to retain the important habitat yet still allow visitor access to this special peak.

The talk is open to all, no pre-booking necessary, so come along to learn more.

The admission charge of £4 includes light refreshments after the meeting.

Fore more information about the National Trust for Scotland Angus Members’ Centre visit http://www.ntscentres.org.uk/angus.html.

The Centre has a programme of outings, coffee mornings and other events throughout the year. The programme to December 2013 is given on the website.