Plan put in place for the Campsies

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A TEN year action plan has been agreed to develop tourism and protect biodiversity in the Campsies.

The scheme, drawn up by the Campsie Fells Steering Group, aims to support communities, bring more people into the area and protect the hills’ environment.

East Dunbartonshire Councillor John Dempsey, the organisation’s chair, said: “The steering group welcomes the 10 year plan for the Campsies and we look forward to working in partnership to fulfil our vision to develop the area in a sustainable way, helping locals and visitors alike enjoy and understand the Campsies responsibly.

“This area has so much to offer - the Campsies are a wonderful asset and the natural splendour of this area underpins all of the themes outlined in the strategy.

“The steering group very much supports this plan which sets out our short, medium and long term goals for promoting and protecting the Campsies in an integrated way.

“By working together, we have the potential to make the Campsies a leading area in tourism and biodiversity.”

The plan outlines a range of actions that contribute to promoting and protecting the environment and contributing to health and wellbeing as well as supporting the delivery of stronger communities, encouraging economic regeneration and enriching education.

Members of the group say that the protection of the Campsies’ unique geological features and wildlife is crucial.

While the plan has just been agreed, one of the actions already underway is the development of a website dedicated to the Campsies to promote the area which due to go live in March.

Funded by the Central Scotland Green Network, the action plan was developed following an extensive consultation exercise which took place at the start of the year.

East Dunbartonshire and Stirling councils are involved in the steering group, along with the Forestry Commission and Scottish Natural Heritage.

The Campsie Fells Strategic Review and Action Plan document is available to the public at www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk