Na­tional park short­listed for top award

The Oban Times - - Districts -

LOCH Lomond and the Trossachs has been short­listed for the ti­tle of Na­tional Park of the Year 2017.

It is the only Scottish na­tional park named in the five fi­nal­ists for the ti­tle by BBC’s Coun­try­file Mag­a­zine.

Now in their sixth year, the BBC Coun­try­file Mag­a­zine Awards 2017 are a cel­e­bra­tion of the Bri­tish coun­try­side and its peo­ple, from great her­itage at­trac­tions and favourite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions to the best na­ture re­serves and the finest ru­ral pubs.

This year’s awards fea­ture 12 cat­e­gories, launch­ing in the Fe­bru­ary 2017 is­sue of BBC’s Coun­try­file Mag

azine and went on­line on Jan­uary 19.

Gor­don Wat­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Na­tional Park, said: ‘Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is an in­cred­i­bly spe­cial place with rolling low­land land­scapes to high moun­tains, lochs and rivers, forests and wood­lands.

‘It’s also a liv­ing, work­ing land­scape, home to many wildlife as well as of­fer­ing a huge range of recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties for vis­i­tors to en­joy.’

The win­ners are de­cided by pub­lic vote and will be an­nounced mid-March. Vot­ing is open from Jan­uary 19 un­til Fe­bru­ary 28 2017.

You can vote on­line on the BBC’s Coun­try­file Mag­a­zine web­site www.coun­try­file. com/awards.

Al­ter­na­tively you can vote by post, send­ing in the form printed in the Fe­bru­ary is­sue of the pub­li­ca­tion to BBC Coun­try­file Mag­a­zine, Tower House, Fair­fax Street, Bris­tol, BS1 3BN.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Na­tional Park boasts spec­tac­u­lar scenery in a di­verse land­scape.

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