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Scotland’s National Parks: Whose Parks are they anyway?



Perth Concert Hall, Perth

Tuesday 28th September, 7.30 – 9.00 pm


The Cairngorms National Park Authority and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority are hosting a joint event, ‘Scotland’s National Parks: Whose Parks are they anyway?’, at Perth Concert Hall, Perth on Tuesday 28th September, starting at 7.30 pm.

Scotland’s two National Parks are home to some of the most special and protected landscapes, habitats and species in Scotland and offer excellent opportunities for people of all backgrounds, interests and abilities to enjoy, learn and benefit from these special areas.  There are also thriving businesses and communities, supporting the local and national economy.  This event will bring together representatives from these diverse sectors to celebrate what National Parks have and can deliver for Scotland and its people and the challenges and opportunities facing National Parks and the people involved in them.

This public event will be hosted by David Green, convener of the CNPA and Grant Moir, Director of Conservation & Visitor Experience, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.   It will be of particular relevance to the Perth audience as the Cairngorms National Park is to be extended from October 2010 to include Northern Perthshire.

The panel will consist of and discuss:

  • Andrew Bruce Wootton, General Manager, Atholl Estates - What National Parks add in terms of tourism, business and the economy; the role of business and tourism in National Parks
  • Linda McMillan – Deputy Vice-Chairman, World Commission on Protected Areas, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and President, Mountain Protection Commission, International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA) - Citizen Scientists, a project which engages all stakeholders in the stewardship and management of National Parks and to use their skills to protect the places they cherish
  • Bill Wright – Vice President, Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland.  Why Scotland needs its National Parks and how the two Parks are protecting the country’s most special landscapes
  • Paul Corrigan MBE, Chair, the Cairngorms Local Outdoor Access Forum and senior fundraiser for Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.  The benefits and enjoyment of National Parks and how they are helping to deliver a healthier and active Scotland
  • Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire.  The role of National Parks in Scotland and how they are helping to deliver the Scottish Government’s strategic objectives


Each presentation will last up to five minutes. Following the panel discussion, there will be a question and answer session.


The event is from 7.30-9.00 pm (drinks reception after the question and answer session).  It is a free event, part of the international ‘Global Change and the World's Mountains’ conference, which will bring together over 400 scientists and others working in, and concerned with, mountain areas around the world. The conference is part of the Perth 800 celebrations, and this public event is supported by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

During the conference, Blackwells Bookshop will be present at Perth Concert Hall, with a wide selection of books on mountain and related issues, so it may be worth arriving early for a browse!