Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere hosting Pop-Up Hub in Newton Stewart on 21st & 22nd July

Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere will be hosting a Pop-Up Info Hub at The Vaults in Newton Stewart on 21st & 22nd July, with an open invitation to residents, businesses, schools and community groups to drop in and find out more about the region’s UNESCO designation.


Covering more than 5,200km² of southwest Scotland, the Biosphere has a team of officers specialising in land use, biodiversity, education, communities, and business development.  The core of the Biosphere ethos is sustainability: projects and partnerships that bring positive, long-lasting impacts to the environment and economy.  This month’s pop-up event is aimed at helping local people find out more about what the Biosphere does and how they can get involved.  A special session for businesses is being held in the evening of 21st July when local people running micro and SMEs in any sector will be able to chat to the Biosphere’s Business Development team.


“This pop-up hub in Newton Stewart follows our very successful event in Girvan at the end of last year, when we met such an incredible range of people – shop owners, community leaders, even the local primary school came along and we were able to share with them some of what makes our UNESCO Biosphere unique,” says Marie McNulty, the Biosphere’s Deputy Manager.  “We’re hoping to achieve the same with this event: spreading the word that the Biosphere is a participatory organisation and that it absolutely belongs to everyone who lives here.”


The Pop-Up Hub also includes the Biosphere’s Community & Education team who have a busy few weeks ahead in the area – they will be back at The Vaults as part of Newton Stewart’s Pride celebrations on 23rd July, and are co-hosting the Green Fayre at Macmillan Hall on 6th August with partners the Newton Stewart Initiative, Machars & Cree Valley Climate Action Network and Home Energy Scotland.


The Pop-Up Hub will be open at The Vaults on Victoria Street between 10am – 4pm on 21st and 22nd July, with the ‘Meet the Biosphere’ session for businesses taking place from 5pm – 7pm on Thursday 21st.  Everything is being run on a drop-in basis with no need to book although further details are available on request to [email protected].  More information about Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere can be found at www.gsabiosphere.org.uk.



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