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Draft National Park Partnership Plan 2024-29

Updated Thursday 20th July 2023: consultation now closed.

The National Park is a unique place and a special landscape. Things are, and should be, done differently here.

Globally, we are facing twin crises of the climate emergency and nature loss. Both crises are happening here and now in the National Park, in fact many of the impacts are being felt even more deeply and obviously here, so it is not enough to simply do what we have always done.

Tackling the nature and climate crises is not separate to supporting the rural economy and communities, which face other challenges such as an aging population, lack of affordable housing and skills shortages for rural businesses. In fact, working together to address these crises will provide a range of wider benefits, including more investment, business and employment opportunities, for everyone living and working in the National Park.

This is about transforming the way each of us live in, work in, visit and look after the National Park to achieve a more positive, sustainable future for us all.

This is a big challenge and right now we don’t have all the answers. We need to have a conversation about the future of the National Park.

Between 26th April – 19th July 2023, we held a public consultation on our Draft National Park Partnership Plan 2024-29, which has been drafted to frame conversations about the future of the National Park.

The National Park Partnership Plan guides how all of those with a role to play in looking after the National Park will work together to manage the Park and achieve a shared vision for the area.

We all have a part to play in this so we all need to be part of the conversation.

Here. Now. All of us.

To facilitate this conversation, we developed a Commonplace consultation website where anyone with an interest in the National Park could:

  • Read the Draft Plan in full or view the proposals to learn more about the challenges facing the National Park and how we can make a transformational change.
  • Use our Quick Survey or Interactive Map to share your stories and experiences in the National Park and the changes you would like to see.
  • Answer our Full Survey to tell us what role you can play in shaping a better future for the National Park.

Our online surveys may now be closed but this isn’t the end! You can still use Commonplace to read more on Draft National Park Partnership Plan 2024-29, view comments that respondents chose to make publicly available, and subscribe to receive updates or read our latest news to find out what is happening next.

Those who weren’t able to take part in the conversation before 19th July 2023 can still also share your thoughts or comments with us about the Draft Plan by emailing

Please use the questions below to frame your message:

  • Which of the objectives and actions outlined in the Draft Plan can you or your organisation help to deliver? What role can you play in delivering these?
  • Are there any challenges or barriers we need to overcome to help you do this?
  • Can you suggest any other objectives or actions to help us meet our aims in each area of the Draft Plan?
  • Can you suggest any other delivery partners needed to help deliver these?
  • Do you have any comments on the policies outlined in each area of the Draft Plan?
  • Do you have any comments on the measures of success proposed? How can you help us to measure them?

Printed copies of the draft National Park Partnership Plan document are also still available to view at the following locations.

National Park sites:

  • National Park HQ, Balloch (Monday – Friday, 9am- 4:30pm)
  • Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway (visit our Slipway webpage for opening times)
  • Balmaha Visitor Centre (visitor our Visitor Centre webpage for opening times)

Other sites around the National Park (please visit individual websites for opening times):

Views from this consultation will be reviewed and your feedback and experiences will help us to finalise our National Park Partnership Plan, which will be considered by National Park Board members in December and submitted to Scottish Government Ministers for their consideration in early 2024, subject to Board approval.

Statutory documents and other information relating to the Draft Plan can be downloaded below.

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