Welcome to Loch Lomond National Park Memorial Sculpture
Since 1995, the area around Ben Lomond, including the mountain summit, has been designated as a war memorial, called the Ben Lomond National Memorial Park. The park is dedicated to those who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars and was created out of the former Rowardennan Estate with the support of the National Heritage Memorial Fund. The Memorial Park was officially opened on Armistice Day in 1997 by the Rt Hon Donald Dewar, then Secretary of State for Scotland and later becoming the first First Minister of Scotland. At the opening ceremony he unveiled a granite sculpture by Doug Cocker, a Scottish artist who had won a competition organized by the Scottish Sculpture Trust to design a permanent monument for the park. At the time of its creation, management of the Memorial Park was entrusted to the NTS, Forestry Commission and the now defunct Scottish Office. In 2002, the Scottish Parliament created the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the first national park in Scotland. The national park entirely encompasses the Ben Lomond National Memorial Park.
The Memorial plaque was stolen from the Memorial at the base of Ben Lomond I have been in contact with the Park Ranger Services via their Community Liaison Officer to do something about replacing the plaque.
I have managed to have a commemorative stone produced via a friend in Devon and have had it sent to my place in Balmaha (at no cost) once the Park Authorities and the Forestry Commission are able to organise the placing of the stone it it hoped that a special service will be conducted in order to highlight the significance of the Memorial and to remember those that it was placed there to honour.
As a person who spent 28 years in the British Military as a fighting Soldier and a Scottish patriot I believe this project to be of significant importance not only for those that have gone before but for all those who come after to Visit Scotland and this wonderful area.