News on the Galloway National Park. The GNP Association is working towards submitting its application by the deadline at the end of February (see Where it's at below), and is also in detailed discussions with the three Councils. 

Your opportunities to find out more:

Find out what this bid might mean, and have the option to take part in a series of workshops at 4 dop-in sessions. The dates are:
January 30th Kirkcudbright. Johnston School. 14.15 - 18.00
• January 31st Wigtown County Buildings. 14.15 - 19.j00
• February 1st Dalmellington Community Centre 14.15 - 19.00
• February 2nd Stranraer Millennium Centre 14.15 - 19.00

Where it’s at
The Scottish Government developed an evaluation framework for potential bids, and the deadline for these is the end of Feb 2024. Galloway will be submitting a bid which will be considered, along with any other bids, by a panel who will advise the Minister. There are at least 9 other lcoations likely to be submitted.
An announcement is expected in early summer 2024 on which areas the Minister is proposing to designate as new National Parks. If Galloway is successful at this stage, the formal consultation period begins (likely 9 months) followed by the development of designation orders as set out in the National Parks Scotland Act.

More info at https://www.gallowaynationalpark.org/

GNPA will also be giving a short presentation and answer questions at the next BCC meeting on Tues 12 Mar 2024 at 7pm.