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Galloway’s final push to be Scotland’s new National Park

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By Fiona Reid
Galloway’s final push to be Scotland’s new National Park

CAMPAIGNERS are preparing for their final push for Galloway to be declared Scotland’s newest National Park – and have already spoken with over 2000 local people and organisations.

The Galloway National Park Association (GNPA) is urging more people to come forward and take part in drop-in sessions in January, ahead of the Scottish Government nominations deadline in February.

Chairman Rob Lucas said: “Over the last six years we have spoken to large numbers of people across the Park area to gather their views. We have been greatly encouraged by the feedback and we continue to work to ensure that the bid captures the benefits but also addresses the concerns raised.

“We are really hoping that even more will seize the opportunity to make their voices heard in January.

“As climate change, population decline and rural poverty accelerate there is a growing recognition that it is not possible for Galloway to remain as it is. A National Park won’t fix all these problems overnight but it puts nature and the environment at the heart of a sustainable future for Galloway’s communities. and a Galloway National Park would empower nature and the environment to drive prosperity.”

He believes it would be “an absolute game changer” for the area and added: “We have strong backing from the public, business, politicians, political parties and local authorities. It’s an idea that attracts the enthusiasm of people of all backgrounds and generations.

“2024 is crunch time and we hope that NatureScot will advise the Scottish Government to grant National Park status to Galloway, so that Galloway can achieve its potential in providing a world-class new natural resource for Scotland.”

The Scottish Government will carry out a detailed evaluation of the bids in the spring with an announcement expected next summer.

Drop-in sessions are planned in Stranraer, Wigtown, Kirkcudbright and Dalmellington. Follow GNPA on social media or email [email protected] for details.