Park would be lasting tribute
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