The Loch Ken Trust has launched its first ever educational and community events programme.
The series was made possible thanks to money from the Scottish Government’s Ideas in Action Rural Communities Fund, which is provided by Inspiring Scotland to encourage and support innovative approaches to community-led local development across Scotland.
The Loch Ken Ranger Service will hold four events around the loch and will also offer workshops for local schools. The money will also help fund a canoe and related equipment to support the ranger service.
Ranger Ken Scott said: “This fantastic award has given us an exciting opportunity to engage with our local communities and schools, to showcase the principles of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and to encourage children to explore their own thoughts and experiences about Loch Ken and to plant the seeds for the next generation of hole users and keepers.”
There will be two community events – on Saturday 19th March and Tuesday 22nd March – to encourage people to ‘leave no trace’.
Ken is joined by freelance ranger Elizabeth Tindal for a free and fun way to learn about the good and bad things about the lake and how to leave no traces of fire, camping and even going to the outdoor toilet.
And on the evenings of March 24th and 25th there are events where you can enjoy the darkness and the stars. Ken and Elizabeth – a Biosphere Dark Skies Ranger – will reveal some of the great places around the lake to see the stars.
This includes a nighttime stroll to where the views are best and a chance to find out
about the myths and science behind the stars and constellations.
When the weather is nice there is also a campfire and marshmallows to roast.
Elizabeth said: “I love going out when it’s dark and sharing stories and the special atmosphere you get when you’re in the dark.
“There are some wonderful dark spaces around Lock Ken and we should make the most of it.”
The events are free, but seats must be booked for the Dark and Stars events.
Search for darkness and stars at www.eventbrite.co.uk or see www.lochken.org.uk for more information.
The Trust is also developing educational resources for students to enable the ranger service to work with younger generations to help them enjoy their local environment in a safe and responsible manner.