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Festival widens national park access.

The national park hosted an event to help families from marginalised communities enjoy the great outdoors.

The Outdoor Festival For All was created by Backbone, which supports people to become environmental ambassadors.

The festival on Saturday at Balmaha had more that 150 invited guests from all ages, abilities and backgrounds taking part in guided walks on Inchcailloch and Conic Hill, canoeing, capoeira, bush craft activities, a boat cruise and a trip on the waterbus.

Pammy Johal from Backbone said:"This was a real demonstration of what celebrating diversity looks and feels like, with people from all backgrounds, abilities and ages enjoying and sharing being in nature together.

"For some it was a very powerful experience, reminding them of the home they have left behind but also giving them the real sense that Scotland belongs to them too.

"Loch Lomond is a unique and special place for this to happen."

The park authority helps to fund Backbone's community leadership project.

CharlotteWallace of LLTNP said: "The festival is a great way to introduce people to the National Park and take advantage of the many health and wellbeing benefits that it brings."

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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
Date:Jun 29, 2018
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