Min­is­ter dis­cusses is­sues af­fect­ing na­tional park

The Oban Times - - Outdoors -

SCOT­TISH min­is­ter Roseanna Cun­ning­ham met moun­tain path trainees at Loch Lub­naig to dis­cuss is­sues af­fect­ing the area.

The cabi­net sec­re­tary for the en­vi­ron­ment, cli­mate change and land re­form met the trainees and board mem­bers of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Na­tional Park and dis­cussed the Na­tional Park Part­ner­ship Plan 2018 to 2023.

The plan sets out the pro­pos­als that aim to tackle pri­or­i­ties, in­clud­ing youth em­ploy­ment, cli­mate change, out­door recre­ation, health and well­be­ing and in­vest­ment in towns and villages. Other is­sues high­lighted in the plan in­clude a de­clin­ing pop­u­la­tion and the price of homes.

Ms Cun­ning­ham said: ‘ Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Na­tional Park is a fan­tas­tic place for peo­ple to en­joy recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘It’s also sup­port­ing com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses, in­no­vat­ing on cli­mate change, nat­u­ral flood man­age­ment, and im­prov­ing phys­i­cal and men­tal health.

‘It’s great to see the na­tional park recog­nise the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing young peo­ple into em­ploy­ment, with this moun­tain path scheme pro­vid­ing trainees with hands- on ex­pe­ri­ence which will help them, our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and econ­omy.’

To read the draft Na­tional Park Part­ner­ship Plan 2018-2023 go to www.lochlomond-trossachs. org/con­sul­ta­tions.

Roseanna Cun­ning­ham, cen­tre, meets Lach­lan Hutchison and Veron­ica Keyte.

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