Park would be last­ing trib­ute

The Galloway News - - COUNTRYSID­E -

A Gal­loway National Park would be a “fit­ting le­gacy” for Sir Alex Fer­gus­son.

The former pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer of the Holy­rood par­lia­ment was pres­i­dent of the Scot­tish Cam­paign for National Parks be­fore his death last month.

He was fully be­hind the ef­forts of the Gal­loway National Cam­paign, with his suc­c­ces­sor as MSP, Fin­lay Car­son, high­light­ing the is­sue dur­ing a busi­ness de­bate at Holy­rood on the 20th an­niver­sary of the Ecol­ogy Cen­tre in Fife.

He said: “I have long cam­paigned for the re­gion to be des­ig­nated as Scot­land’s next national park. It would be re­miss of me not to men­tion the fine work on that mat­ter that my pre­de­ces­sor, Sir Alex Fer­gus­son, car­ried out.

“A national park would be a fit­ting le­gacy for our dis­tin­guished former pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer.

“Of course, a des­ig­nated national park would be on a to­tally dif­fer­ent scale from that of the Ecol­ogy Cen­tre but les­sons can def­i­nitely be learned from the suc­cess of the cen­tre over the past two decades.

“If a national park is to be­come a re­al­ity in Gal­loway, it will need the sup­port of the com­mu­nity right from the start and the as­so­ci­a­tion that is be­hind the bid has been work­ing across the re­gion en­gag­ing with com­mu­nity groups which is a vi­tal step in press­ing Gov­ern­ment for ac­tion.

“From speak­ing to lo­cals, I do not think that get­ting com­mu­nity back­ing will be an is­sue.

“The Ecol­ogy Cen­tre has shown that, if an or­gan­i­sa­tion in­volves a com­mu­nity while de­vel­op­ing a pro­ject, peo­ple will get be­hind the pro­ject and en­cour­age oth­ers to join in.”

Cam­paign fore­front The late Sir Alex Fer­gus­son ad­vo­cated the es­tab­lish­ment of national park in Gal­loway

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