Communities, groups and individuals are being invited to share their views in a consultation on the creation of Scotland’s first new National Parks in almost 20 years.
The public consultation is looking at what people value about Scottish National Parks, and what these areas should deliver in future – in particular, how they can help to protect and restore nature, tackle climate change and promote sustainable land use.
This will be followed by a longer period during which communities, local government and organisations will be encouraged and supported to develop proposals for new Parks.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“The SNP Government is committed to establish at least one new National Park in Scotland by the end of this Parliamentary session.
“Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park could, for example, be considered.
“To be able to do this in an open and transparent manner, Scottish Ministers want to gauge what you want our National Parks to deliver for the environment, culture and the communities within a park.
“Most of us love to travel around Scotland and enjoy our areas of outstanding beauty, so please ensure your views are heard and reflected in the shaping of this historic expansion of Scotland’s National Parks.”
Complete the consultation here by Friday 03 June.
Find out more about the work of Scotland’s existing national parks at: Loch Lomond and The Trossachs and the Cairngorms. Information on National Parks more generally and the designation of Scotland’s first two national parks is available from NatureScot's website.