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Extra rangers for national park

Aerial view of Loch Lomond
The park authority said the recession had already resulted in high numbers of visitors for UK attractions such as Loch Lomond

Extra rangers will be on patrol in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park this summer as it prepares to welcome millions of visitors.

The park authority plans to invest an extra £527,000 providing more staff and extended patrols in the evenings.

Last year five million people visited the park but, with many families planning to holiday in Britain this year, a new record could be set.

Overall, the authority is planning to spend £3.2m during the summer season.

Park authority convenor Mike Cantlay said: "As anticipated, we have already experienced an increase in the number of people 'holidaying at home' this year and we are looking forward to welcoming Scotland's people to the Park this bank holiday weekend.

"It is of vital importance to us that visitors enjoy their time in Scotland's breathing space.

"This significant investment will help us provide a first-class experience which will ensure tourists make the most of the wide range of opportunities for outdoor recreation, taking in the breathtaking scenery, wildlife and local culture which is unique to this part of the world."

The 720-square mile (1,865 sq km) park contains some of Scotland's iconic scenery, including 21 munros such as Ben Lomond, Ben Lui and Ben More, and lochs such as Loch Tay, Loch Katrine and Loch Lomond.

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