A vital part of the Galloway Glens activity over the next five years will be improving the range of outdoor access opportunities up and down the region. We have a number of projects in the mix, from a canoe trail to walking routes, and everything in between. The Scheme will also be looking at the practice of Natural Flood Management, learning more about the techniques used to ‘reconnect the river to its surrounding landscape’ and what has been done in different areas around the country.
These projects will be overseen by Jonathan Barrett who joins the team this week as the Galloway Glens Land Management & Access Officer, based in our Castle Douglas office.
Jonathan brings a wealth of experience to the role, with previous positions in Scotland, England and even New Zealand.
After working on landscape, heritage and urban regeneration programmes in various parts of the world joining the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership offers me a unique opportunity to contribute to a project to grow access networks for residents and visitors alike in a magical part of Scotland. The outdoor access programme endorsed by the Partnership has the potential to make a major contribution to growing the popularity and prosperity of the area for the future by building on a stunning range of water and land assets. By developing and improving existing networks the Partnership and its stakeholders will develop a legacy to benefit both current and generations to come.
McNabb Laurie, Galloway Glens Team leader, said:
We are delighted to welcome Jonathan to the team. The Galloway Glens area already benefits from a great range of outdoor access opportunities and so our job will to be to add value to what is there at the moment, working with a range of partners to broaden access to and use of routes.
Outdoor Access projects provide obvious benefits for local residents but are also increasingly recognised as supporting the local economy, drawing visitors to the region. Jonathan will be working to ensure projects undertaken as part of the Galloway Glens Scheme work both for the access taker and the land manager, leaving a benefit for all parties long after the scheme has finished.
The Galloway Glens Scheme is a five year programme of activity taking place from 2018-2023, working to connect people to the area’s unique natural and cultural heritage through a range of projects up and down the Ken/Dee valley. It is supported by a grant of £2.73m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a range of other partners including Dumfries & Galloway Council.