Galloway tops poll for Scotland’s next National Park

The scale of support and enthusiasm for Scotland’s next National Park to be in Galloway shone through when the region took more than half the votes in an online poll.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 17th January 2022, 9:57 am
Galloway National Park Association chairman Rob Lucas says the region is the “natural choice”
Galloway National Park Association chairman Rob Lucas says the region is the “natural choice”

The Scots Magazine asked people to vote on seven potential locations – Ben Nevis, Glen Affric, Argyll, Wester Ross, Harris, Borders or Galloway.

Galloway came received around 1,250 votes, adding up to 50.3 per cent of the total.

The online vote, which had a far higher response than an earlier reader vote, saw Borders take 19.2 per cent, Argyll 12.4 per cent, Harris 5.4 per cent, Wester Ross five per cent, Ben Nevis/Glen Coe/Black Mountain 4.7 per cent and Glen Affric two per cent.

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Rob Lucas, chairman of the Galloway National Park Association (GNPA), said: “The Scottish Government has pledged to create at least one new National Park for Scotland – and this poll is another indication of the strength of support for it to be here.

“Galloway is the natural choice not just because of its fabulous countryside and coasts but because so many members of the public, businesses, voluntary organisations and others are so enthusiastic about the potential social, economic and environmental benefits.”

The SNP and Greens included a commitment to a third National Park by the end of the current parliamentary session in the co-operation agreement they signed last year.

During the Scottish Parliament elections GNPA campaigned for every party, and all candidates in the region, to pledge their support for more National Parks.

Seven parts of the country meet the necessary criteria to be considered.

The Scots Magazine editor Robert Wight, who is also president of the Scottish Campaign for National Parks, invited people to express their views in an online poll.

He said: “Whichever part of Scotland is chosen, it will be fantastic to have a new National Park.

“This poll showed there is a great deal of support for the idea in Galloway and that there is a very strong campaign for the next National Park to be in south-west Scotland.”

Anyone who supports GNPA’s aims can also join the association for a fee of £5, visit www.gallowaynationalpark.org