Scotland’s next National Park will be a living legacy for future generations

Scotland's new national park will be a milestone for improving nature and biodiversity.

Scottish Greens rural affairs spokesperson Ariane Burgess MSP is hailing an official call for bids to become home to Scotland’s next new National Park as a milestone for improving nature and biodiversity for the nation.

Scotland’s Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity Lorna Slater formally opened the process to see at least one new national park created by 2026 thanks to the Scottish Greens co-operation deal in government.

The successful project would follow in the footsteps of both the Cairngorm National Park and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, with investment in tourism management, wildlife and biodiversity, and tackling the climate crisis.

Ms Burgess, who has several notes of interest coming from her region in the Highlands and Islands already, said:

“This is a massive opportunity for communities across Scotland to make a real noise about where they think the new National Park should be.

“Their interest, and enthusiasm, really cannot be overstated at all as it will have a significant bearing on the selection process as a community led initiative and in terms of proving why their area is of national importance and why it would benefit.

“Given we are in a climate and nature emergency this new park will be a game changer for whichever area is lucky enough to become Scotland’s next National Park, and this official launch marks a truly massive step forward.

“But more than that, this will become a living legacy for generations to come - to enjoy, thrive in and benefit from as we continue to deliver a greener, happier Scotland more aware of the very many benefits that come from such places.

“In terms of active lifestyles, education, mental health and freedoms from the daily grind we will all be better off the more national parks we have, and for the rural economy this is a massive chance to build a sustainable path to the future.

“As a Scottish Green I am immensely proud that we have been able to make this happen and that in Lorna Slater, it is a Green Minister who is not only delivering, but setting us on course for how a future Scotland can look.

“I would urge everyone to get involved in the process, support the projects in their areas if they have one, and help choose your next national park.”