The Strathard Initiative aims to foster closer working relationships and partnerships between agencies, visitors, land owners, local businesses and the community in a joint approach that will influence how the land, forest and water within the Strathard area is managed. Partnership agencies include Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Forest Enterprise Scotland, Stirling Council, Forest Research, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority (LLTNPA), and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), working with the Community Partnership who are mainly focussed on engaging with all sectors from the Strathard community.
Moving on to phase two of the initiative
The partnership have recently completed phase one of the project, having run a series of community events and guided forest visits, developed a film and carried out interviews and online surveys to gather the information, opinions and evidence needed to identify opportunities for tackling issues relating to the natural environment. They have provided a large and varied range of outputs, including opportunity maps and land and water management action checklists, and have agreed a demonstration catchment for natural flood management. They are now reviewing their progress to reflect on the lessons learnt and are identifying ways forward for implementing action on the ground as part pf phase two.
June was also an exciting time for the communities in Strathard as it saw the launch of their Strathard Community Action Plan 2017 - 2022. The launch took place simultaneously at Kinlochard Village Hall and Aberfoyle Memorial Hall on June24th, providing local businesses, residents and stakeholders the opportunity to come together for a special presentation to see how the views, needs and wants of the Strathard Community will be delivered.
Interested to find out more? Try out the recently launched StoryMap designed by Forest Research to allow people to explore the project’s achievements and future plans in a fun, interactive format online!
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