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New Cairngorms National Park blueprint makes waves

Words: Roger Milne
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A blueprint for managing the largest national park in the UK for the next five years is set to be discussed by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) before going to the Scottish Government for approval.

The park covers parts of the Highlands, Aberdeenshire and Perthshire.

Proposals for the Cairngorms include increasing woodland cover by 5,000 hectares and restoring a similar area of peatland. Also proposed are new walking routes on Deeside and Speyside.

The 4,528 square kilometre park is twice the size of the Lake District National Park and bigger than the whole of Luxembourg.

A target to have 200 new affordable homes built by 2022 and delivering superfast broadband to "hard to reach" parts of the park also form part of the five-year plan.

Grant Moir, the CNPA's chief executive, said: "There has been an incredible amount of work gone into developing the next National Park Partnership Plan."

He added: "It addresses a lot of the concerns and comments that were fed back to us and I think we are setting the park on the right course with a good balance between conservation, visitor experience and rural development. “

The National Trust for Scotland and environment organisation Scottish Environment Link have welcomed the plan.

The national park's board will consider the plan on 7 April.

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