Call for Expressions of Interest from Local Areas
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 proposal can now register early interest.
Nominations will officially open later this year, once the appraisal framework has been finalised. The government has committed to designating at least one new national park in Scotland by Spring 2026.
Registers of interest should be submitted by email to: NationalParks@gov.scot
A draft appraisal framework with broad selection criteria for new national parks has also been published for consultation.
- New National Parks in Scotland: Appraisal Framework: Consultation Paper: https://www.gov.scot/isbn/9781805258391
- New National Parks in Scotland: Nomination process and draft appraisal framework: https://www.gov.scot/isbn/9781805258384
The Scottish Government is already aware of several communities or groups that are interested in putting their area forward for national park status. Our appraisal framework will help to ensure the nomination process is fair, transparent and inclusive.
Registration will open from 11 May 2023. There is no requirement to register interest in order to submit a nomination. Nor does registration commit a group or organisation to submitting a nomination.
Registration will allow the Scottish Government to update interested parties with any important information, key dates and communications throughout the process.