Camping Ban Approved in National Park
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New by-laws to ban camping in certain areas of east Lomondside have been approved by the national Park and if approved by the Scottish Government,  could be implemented by April next year.

The ban covering a zone of 14 square kms, between Drymen and Rowardennan will mean that it will be an offence to camp in tents or shelters other than at official campsites in that designated zone.

Camping has seen a massive explosion in popularity over the past few years and this area has seen a large rise of visitor numbers. The ban should help to protect the landscape and enhance the experience for future campers.

A public consultation was held and 60% were in favour of the ban, which was felt was needed due to the small minority of irresponsible campers who damage the environment, leave litter and light fires.

Grant Moir, director of conservation at the park, said: "The National Park Authority has not taken the decision lightly to proceed with the by-laws, but over many years east Loch Lomond has suffered from high levels of visitor pressure and issues of anti-social behaviour.

There are no further plans to ban camping in any other areas of the park.

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