In March this year, thanks to National Lottery players, £1.43million funding was awarded from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help transform Callander over the next three years. Along with contributions from partners, volunteers and other grant funders, this landscape scale project has a total value of around £2.2 million.
So, what is Callander’s Landscape and what does it involve? The team behind Callander’s Landscape explain…
What is Callander’s Landscape?
Callander’s Landscape is an exciting project that focuses on the dramatic landscapes that surround Callander, improving natural and cultural heritage and ensuring that more people can access this awe-inspiring place.
It’s an ambitious project that aims to transform Callander into the ‘Outdoor Capital of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park’. The vision for the project is to better connect Callander’s people and its visitors, unlocking the secrets of this awe-inspiring landscape of rivers, woodlands, mountains, heritage and history for all to enjoy.
The project will be delivered over three years by 15 partners from across the community, public bodies, voluntary sector organisations, local businesses and landowners, who will all work together to deliver this vision. These partners are:
- Callander’s Countryside
- Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority
- Callander Community Council
- Callander Community Development Trust
- McLaren Leisure Centre
- Callander Heritage Society
- Callander Ramblers
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Scottish Wildlife Trust (Callander)
- Forestry Commission Scotland
- Stirling Council
- Drumardoch Estate
- FABB (Facilitating Access Breaking Barriers)
- Callander Youth Project
- Forth Rivers Trust
What will the project deliver?
Over the next three years the project will deliver 19 projects in and around Callander, covering the four themes of ‘restore, explore, research and engage’. Specific plans include:
- a new bridge across the river and the restoration of the Victorian Walkway at the Falls of Leny
- improvements to and conservation of the area’s natural heritage
- improving the area’s key paths
- enhancing visitor interpretation to encourage people to make the most of getting active in the outdoors and explore the past through cultural heritage and archaeology
Will I be able to get involved?
Yes. There will be a host of volunteering opportunities available – from auditing dark skies and carrying out archaeological surveys to installing wildlife habitat boxes and rhododendron clearance! The volunteer programme will run throughout the year, and everyone is welcome; individuals, families and groups. There will also be local events and activities, so plenty to get involved with.
Keep checking our volunteering opportunities on this website or follow us at www.facebook.com/CallandersLandscapeor www.twitter.com/CallandersLand to be the first to hear about volunteering opportunities.
Where is the project now?
Although ‘Callander’s Landscape’ is in its early stages, there is a lot happening over the autumn and winter:
- Modern Apprenticeships – led by Callander Youth Project Trust, two Modern Apprentices have embarked on a unique training experience that combines adventure tourism and hospitality. They will be joined by four more next year. These apprenticeships offer young people paid employment combined with training plus the benefit of working with national agencies, local businesses and the community.
- Archaeology training sessions – in September and October, four training sessions are being provided by Callander Heritage Society and Northlight Heritage to learn and develop skills in Archaeological Walkover Surveys, and in the process we hope to make some exciting new discoveries!
- Callander Crags – will be re-establishing the woods at Callander Crags as a great place for both people and wildlife. Installation of habitat boxes and rhododendron clearance will be some of their first tasks and over the next few months, a number of path improvements will also get underway.
- Dark Skies project – in November a Dark Skies project will kick off with an evening of astronomy giving local families and visitors to Callander the opportunity to star gaze with local experts and experience an immersive planetarium. The Dark Skies project connects Callander’s Neolithic heritage and conservation of the night sky and provides people with a fun and informal opportunity to better understand the area’s landscape.
How can I stay up to date with what is going on?
You can stay up to date with the latest news, events and volunteering opportunities from Callander’s Landscape by checking this website (www.callanderslandscape.org) or by following us at www.facebook.com/CallandersLandscape and www.twitter.com/CallandersLand