Scotland’s landscapes rank amongst the best in the world, including wild mountains, pristine rivers and lochs, ancient forests, stunning coastline and islands, all rich in wildlife and history.
With landscapes of such quality it would be reasonable to expect to see them recognised, celebrated and protected according to international best practice.
However, out of over 3,500 National Parks in the world, Scotland has only two.
Galloway is one of the areas of Scotland put forward as a candidate for national park status in the “Unfinished Business” report published back in 2013 by the Scottish Campaign for National Parks and the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland.
A Parliamentary Petition has been launched. If you support the idea, please sign up and get as many other people as you can to do so. Even if Scottish Government remain intransigent, as we expect, it’s a way of getting the issue into the public arena.
However with your help spreading the message far and wide to encourage as many signatures as possible, as this is one of the things which is bound to influence the Public Petitions Committee when they come to consider it.
Please could you therefore do as many of the following as you feel able to:
- sign the petition online (only if you agree with it of course!)
- forward this email to all of your friends, family and colleagues and ask them to sign it too
- publicise it via any professional network or NGO of which you are a member (eg RTPI, RIAS, RICS, LIS, NTS, RSPB etc)
- ask your professional institutes or NGOs to publicise it via their websites, social media, e-bulletins, newsletters or magazines
- publicise it via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media you use
It will be particularly important to demonstrate local support.
The Petition to the Scottish Parliament calling for more National Parks is now live at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/GettingInvolved/Petitions/nationalparks and we have just under five weeks to get as many people as possible to sign it online.