Thursday, April 11, 2013

Re-posting: Call for Seven more National Parks in Scotland

Two Scottish charities have launched a report Unfinished Business, calling for at least seven more National Parks in Scotland.  It is now over ten years since the first two National Parks were established in Scotland.  The Scottish Campaign for National Parks (SCNP) and the Association forthe Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS) argue that these two National Parks have proved their value and that it is now time for more.
The report calls for the establishment of at least seven more National Parks in Scotland:

1.         Ben Nevis/Glen Coe/Black Mount
2.         A Coastal and Marine National Park, centred around Mull
3.         The Cheviots (as an extension to the Northumberland National Park)
4.         Galloway
5.         Glen Affric
6.         Harris
7.         Wester Ross
Jimmie Macgregor MBE, President of APRS, said:
“Scotland’s landscapes rank amongst the best in the world – we have wild mountains, pristine rivers and lochs, ancient forests, stunning coastline and islands, all rich in wildlife and history.  Yet out of 3,500 National Parks in the world, Scotland has only two.  The first two have been a great success – surely it’s time for more.”
Bill McDermott, Chairman of SCNP, said:
“Scots-born naturalist, explorer and writer John Muir inspired the creation of the world’s first National Parks in 19th-century USA and is known as the ‘Father of National Parks’.  It would be a fitting tribute to his memory if the Scottish Government committed to more National Parks in 2014, the Year of Homecoming and the centenary of Muir’s death.”

To read the report please CLICK HERE.  

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