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Brilliant idea for Scottish Borders, a forgotten part of Scotland. Our area has literally hundreds of historical places, places of beauty and things to do.
A National Park would invigorate our area and bring it to the notice of the greater UK public. It is a place travellers "pass through" on their way to "Scotland" ie Edinburgh and the North.
Get them to STOP and see the delights and taste the produce.

May Kinghorn - 10 October 2017

The boundary should be revised to take in the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys and upper Tweeddale. A finger corridor should remain outside the park including Galashiels, Selkirk and Hawick to allow industrial development.

David Steel - 26 September 2017

Firstly, this would increase rents, which is a very bad move. Secondly, a lot of the land is farmland. Why would people want to visit a park that is just farms? If you want to attract tourists, build something touristy, don't just rename someone's house and fields as a park. It's lazy and doesn't do anything.
Fix the roads, extend the railway, and clean up the towns, then you might get more visitors.

Allen Clark - 15 September 2017

Borders National Park is OK with me. If I was to suggest another it would be Eildon National Park for two reasons; it's the biggest natural landmark in the Borders, and most of the National Park can viewed from it, weather premitting.
This region is often forgotten by the central belt population of Scotland and offers beautiful scenery. The Eildon Hills, in my opinion, have all the elements of a World Heritage Site. It has the largest Bronze Age hill fort settlement in Scotland. Between 3000 and 6000 people lived on the hills around 1000AD and it had Roman military settlements below it in the 1st Century.
Already the view from Galashiels has been ruined by house building on its lower levels the whole area needs protection for future generations. GOOD LUCK with the campaign and I hope our voices are heard.

Paul Robertson - 14 July 2017

Stephen Gibson's suggestion for a name - The Middle March National Park, is logical and accurate but I believe that, if we want ALL of the Scottish Borders area to benefit as much as possible from the Park and its proximity, then the only logical name is 'The Scottish Borders National Park'. Pembrokeshire National Park does not cover all of that county, but service and accommodation providers in the part of the county outside the Park boundaries report that they benefit because visitors don't particularly care if their bed for the night, or their fuel and food stops, shopping trips etc are actually in or outside the boundary.

Malcolm Dickson - 14 June 2017

The park would be situated mainly in the old middle march. The Middle March National Park would be a suitable name

Stephen Gibson - 26 May 2017

As one of the group of people proposing this idea I feel that it's really great that people outside the suggested boundary are making valid claims for including other parts of the Scottish Borders in the National Park. The areas suggested are certainly worthy of inclusion on so many counts. We are not wedded to the position of the boundaries, they are just a starting point. However, the area as shown is about average for a UK NP, a bit bigger than Northumberland NP, a bit smaller than the present Scottish NPs. Our guess is that it will be easier to gain official acceptance if it is not too extensive. We note that the Scottish NPs and a number of English NPs have recently been extended, after they were set up, in response to well-argued local demands. The most challenging part has been getting the initial designation. Whatever happens, the name 'Scottish Borders National Park' should ensure that all parts of the Borders benefit from the marketing impetus, as has happened elsewhere in the UK.

Malcolm Dickson - 29 April 2017

Really supportive of the idea of a national park. I'd like to add my weight to the request for Selkirk and the Ettrick Valley to be included. Selkirk really needs some help - it should be part of the cycling scene (like Innerleithen) and the roads in the valley are perfect for that. I'm a latecomer to the debate so I'm sure this has already been covered but I'm guessing cycling must be a candidate for a key attraction in a national park? Thanks

Sue Briggs - 20 April 2017

I think this is a fantastic initiative, but it would be great to see the boundary ambitions increased somewhat. It seems that inclusion of the Eskdalemuir, Ettrick and Yarrow region would increase the area dramatically and include arguably the most beautiful yet undiscovered parts of the Borders. I can understand that this may cause issues with industrial towns such as Hawick and Selkirk being included, but surely they can be ringfenced in any final designation. Failing that, drawing a line from North of Hawick to Robertson and then across to Yarrow and down the valley and around the South side of Selkirk would be a way of getting at least some of this scenery included. Hopefully the Duke of Buccleuch would be supportive!

Rory Steel - 26 March 2017

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