Two Iconic Scottish Locations Vie for Title of Scotland’s Third National Park

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The beautiful Glen Affric in Scotland, home to a 30-mile nature reserve of ancient Caledonian pine woodland, is being considered for national park status. The proposal would encompass part of Loch Ness and Trees for Life’s Dundreggan Rewilding Centre in Glenmoriston, Kintail, and Beauly. This initiative aims to protect the area’s globally important heritage and empower local communities, providing economic opportunities and nature-based jobs. The Scottish Government has committed to creating at least one new national park by 2026. The nomination is being led by the Strathglass Community Council, with the goal of representing the views of local people and stakeholders. If successful, the Affric and Loch Ness National Park would enhance the natural environment, provide sustainable employment and housing opportunities, and access funding for the area. The proposal has garnered support from organizations such as Trees for Life, which sees the potential for nature restoration and a vibrant local economy.

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