Scottish Borders push for a national park – A Borders National Park could provide an important post-Covid boost for the Scottish Borders region.
The campaign to create seven national parks across Scotland – including one in the Borders – is expected to take on a new urgency now that a return to normality is in sight.
New parks are seen as a “brilliant way of steering ourselves out of the current health crisis towards a better, more prosperous Scotland, while also tackling the climate emergency and nature crisis,” say campaigners.
As pandemic regulations are further relaxed more people will head out to the countryside again and campaigners believe this could invigorate efforts for a park in the Borders.
A designated park in the district could help to lift the Borders out of economic gloom towards future prosperity.
Scotland’s first two national parks’ in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs have already created economic boosts.
Optimism is high among Border campaigners that these benefits could also be repeated here while protecting the beauty of the landscapes for local people and tourists.
Another benefit would be climate emergency protection and nature crisis management through peat land restoration and species recovery programmes.
The Scottish Government is currently being lobbied to designate more National Parks and campaigners want to seethe Borders sitting in prime position.
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