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What is a National Park?

The UK’s fifteen National Parks were designed to enhance and conserve the natural and cultural heritage of unique landscapes. National Parks encourage communities to use and enjoy their resources sustainably, promoting growth and development around an international brand of quality.

Some of Britain’s most iconic places are National Parks – The Peak District, the Pembrokeshire Coast and the Cairngorms are among those already seeing the benefits of designation. Galloway is a strong contender to be next in line.

In England the Westminster Government has set up the Glover Review to consider whether to expand England’s network of parks as well as areas of outstanding natural beauty.  This report will be completed later this year.

Scotland’s National Parks have the specific aim of promoting sustainable economic and social development in the areas designated. Not everywhere can be a National Park but most of Galloway easily passes the “special places” test.