Local MSP Finlay Carson has today welcomed the publication of the Galloway National Park Association’s Discussion Paper, which was formally launched at the Galloway Activity Centre on 11th December.
The Discussion Paper, which was put together by the Association’s trustees, aims to promote and encourage a conversation on how a National Park could work for Galloway.
The document covers potential boundaries, governance, and the cost for the Galloway region.
Currently, Scotland only has two National Parks: the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond and the Trosachs.
Carson, who has consistently raised the issue of Galloway National Park status in Parliament over the last year, was also in attendance at the launch.
Commenting, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson said:
“I welcome the publication of a Discussion Paper for a National Park in Galloway.
“It is important that as part of the campaign to secure National Park status, we also take into account the views of those living in Galloway.
“I would encourage all those living in the area, who want to see the Region become Scotland’s third National Park, to contribute towards the conversation that this week’s Discussion Paper will create.
“With such beautiful a landscape and with its depth of history and culture it can only be a matter of time before the Government recognises its value in not only protecting the environment but promoting sustainable, economic, cultural and social development.
“I have submitted a Motion before Parliament commending the publication of this Discussion Paper.
“I will continue to promote and champion for Galloway to become Scotland’s next National Park.”