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More National Parks for Scotland? Campaign Update November 2017

 

In May Finlay Carson MSP led a Parliamentary Debate at Holyrood, during which Conservative, Green and Labour MSPs all spoke in favour of more National Parks.  SCNP and APRS issued a briefing to all MSPs in advance of the debate.  In September we met Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP, seeking to persuade her that the benefits from our existing National Parks should be spread to more of Scotland.

 

Local Campaigns

Lively local campaigns are now underway in three of the seven areas we propose as National Parks:

1  The Campaign for a Borders National Park has published a major independent Feasibility Study, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, which makes a strong case for a National Park in the southern Borders, adjoining the existing Northumberland National Park south of the Cheviots.  A recent opinion piece in The Herald strongly supported this proposal.

2  The Galloway National Park Association has published a summary of the case for a Galloway National Park, and in December launches a comprehensive discussion paper for public consultation.  The National covered the launch of the GNPA website back in May.

3  In a significant recent development Argyll and Bute Council announced, in the Main Issues Report for its new Local Development Plan, that it is seriously considering proposing a Coastal and Marine National Park (CMNP) for the Argyll Islands and coast. This surprise announcement was covered prominently by the Sunday Post.

 

Publicity and Events

The Scots Magazine has given consistent positive support to the campaign for a full year, through a series of articles on the benefits of more National Parks and the special qualities of the seven areas proposed by SCNP and APRS.

During Spring 2017 outdoor retailer Tiso kindly invited us to run stalls at all of its open evenings in its stores across Scotland, giving us a great opportunity to talk to the many Tiso customers who enjoy the fine landscapes and wildlife protected by National Parks.

Please follow our campaign on Facebook or Twitter, and do read the summary of our case on our website.

 

 

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