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The recently published advice to Ministers on National Parks produced by NatureScot is a big step towards a new National Park for Scotland. This is our response to this advice.


Today the Scottish Government announced that Galloway is the proposed location for Scotland’s next National Park. This follows an eight-year local campaign and a decades long national campaign by APRS and SCNP for a new National Park.


The Scottish Government has announced the nomination process for new National Parks, with a commitment to designate at least one more National Park by 2026. The new National Park(s) will be selected from areas nominated by communities over the next few months. 

Press Release

The Scottish Campaign for National Parks (SCNP) and Action to Protect Rural Scotland (APRS) have been campaigning for over a decade for Scotland’s existing tally of two National Parks to be added to, and today welcomed the opening of nominations for new National Parks. 

people walking up hill in Loch Lomand National Park


Communities across Scotland are being asked to consider whether their local area could be designated as the country’s newest national park.

Individuals, groups or organisations considering making a nomination can now register early interest.


Anyone can now ‘pre-register’ with the Scottish Government if they think they might consider nominating an area of Scotland as a new National Park. The Scottish Government have committed to designating at least one new National Park by 2026 and nominations process will be launched in the Autumn

Walker walking up hill in loch lomand

What We Said

Action to Protect Rural Scotland (APRS) and the Scottish Campaign for National Parks (SCNP) has published a letter in response to a number of misconceptions about National Parks


Work on National Park selection continues: Nikki Sinclair, the National Parks Strategy Project Manager, gives us an update – June 2024

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