Galloway National Park Association trustees to Hold Series of Public Meetings

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. The Galloway National Park Association trustees are holding a series of public meetings in June across Dumfries and Galloway and south and east Ayrshire. 


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 ten 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.  Information is available of the web site  www.gallowaynationalpark.org 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


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