Posters to promote the Galloway National Park Association are available for downloading. The posters are in PDF format and there are two A4 size posters and one for printing at A3 size. You can download the posters here.
On Tuesday 30th April the Galloway National Park Association met Mairi Gougeon, Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, in Galloway following a commitment she made last January to visit the region. At the meeting we published our latest document "Galloway National Park – It’s our time” setting out the case for National Park status for Galloway. The Minister indicated that she would give this report her "fullest consideration" and stressed that she was willing to return to Galloway to discuss this at any time.
In the report the Association is calling for the Minister to commission an independent publicly-led Feasibility study into the proposal in order to examine the case in more detail.
Click here for the press release document.
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With the news that Michael Gove has ordered a review of National Parks in England to look at “extending existing sites or creating new sites” the campaign for more National Parks in Scotland becomes ever more important.
Commenting on the announcement, John Thomson, Chair of the Scottish Campaign for National Parks, has pointed out that it underlines just how central National Parks are likely to be to the future of Britain’s rural areas.
“England already has many more National Parks than Scotland (ten in all) and together with its Areas of Outstanding Beauty, which also enjoy considerable attention and resources, they cover almost 25% of its land compared to the mere 7% within our two. This existing gap already puts Scotland’s rural areas at a distinct disadvantage; if it is allowed to increase yet further the implications for them are very worrying indeed”.
John is also a Trustee in the campaign to get National Park status for Galloway and President of Galloway National Park Association Dame Barbara Kelly added.
“ Scotland’s rural areas are facing the prospect of serious and continuing population decline according to recent studies. We believe that a National Park with its extra powers, skills, and resources is an important way of helping to overcome this and to see the Galloway we all love become more vibrant and sustainable. If you want to become involved in the campaign, even if it is just to find out more, then come along to one of the Public Meetings we are holding during June. With eleven different venues there will be one near you”
The Campaign has already met with over 23 different organisations and Community Councils throughout Galloway, South and East Ayrshire and support for the ideas is growing steadily. More information is available on the website, and there is a discussion document setting out some of the key issues for a National Park in Galloway.
The public meetings will all start at 7.00 and will be held
Wed 6 June Kirkcudbright Academy Cochran Hall, St Mary's Wynd
Thurs 7 June Dalmellington Community Centre, 38 Ayr Road,
Mon 11 June Wigtown County Buildings, Wigtown,
Tues 12 June New Galloway, Catstrand,
Wed 13 June Castle Douglas, High School, Dunmuir Rd,
Mon 18 June Stranraer, Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Rd,
Tues 19 June Dalbeattie, Town Hall, High Street
Thurs 21 June Newton Stewart, Douglas Ewart High School,
Fri 22 June Thornhill, Community Centre, East Back Street
Thurs 28 June New Cumnock, Town Hall, 31-33 Castle,
Fri 29 June Girvan, Quay Zone
We're laying on a series of events over the next few weeks so you can have your say! These meetings are designed to be fun, informal and laid-back, and we hope to see you there!
We want to visit your community or local organisations to tell you more about why we think Galloway should be Scotland's next National Park.
We have meetings organised across Dumfries and Galloway and South and East Ayrshire. Come along and find out more!
Our Discussion Paper will be formally launched at a special event held at Galloway Activity Centre on December 11th. The Discussion Paper has been put together by GNPA trustees since December 2016 in order to kickstart a conversation about National Parks and how a park might work in Galloway. We really hope that the Paper will spark some interesting feedback, and we're looking forward to hearing from communities across the area!
You can find a link to a pdf of the Discussion Paper on our website!
We are about to start a campaign to engage with local people and organisations in our bid to get Galloway designated as a National park. We need help in running this campaign from someone with good administrative skills.
The tasks will be varied but will include managing databases and information, arranging and promoting meetings as well as being the first line of contact for the Association.
We expect the campaign to last well into 2018 but the Administrative Services work will depend on the response to the campaign and to our fund raising work. The work will be on a month-to-month basis in the first instance.
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