Park Talk

Park Talk

Last week the CNPA Board adopted the new Local Development Plan, it has been four years in the making and is the first for the entire Cairngorms National Park, as it now includes Atholl and Glen Shee. Four years may seem an exceptionally long time to most people just to create a plan, but there is a good reason. It started back in 2010 when 1500 keen folk, attended meetings across the Park to help prepare visions for their communities. The Main Issues Report came out in 2011 with information...

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Park Talk

Park Talk

The National Park goals of conservation, visitor experience and sustainable communities are best achieved by people altering their behaviour and we need to focus on things and places where we have the power to make change happen. We can compare how our brain works with a wee mahout – an elephant driver – riding on an elephant. The elephant is the unconscious or emotional part of our brain. The wee mahout is the conscious or rational part. Most of the time, the mahout is in charge and...

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In the Park

In the Park

That most perceptive of journalists, Andrew Marr, observed at the end of his recent television series  A History of Modern Britain that, “It remains a fantastic stroke of luck to be born British”.  That quote came to mind last weekend.  We were in London visiting the grandchildren and celebrating one of those significant birthdays which seem to come round more and more frequently.  We went to the Wyndham Theatre to see Michael Bartlett’s new play King...

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Park Talk

Park Talk

To be active in the Cairngorms Lycra is not essential and let’s be honest, many of us don’t look our best in skin tight clothing. Special boots, bikes, kayaks or skis are fun but not essential either. Normal gear is just fine for walking to school, burying your toes in the sand at Loch Morlich or building a snowman. What is important is getting outside for some exercise.  Homer Simpson’s revealing philosophy keeps it simple: “Yes I strut down the boulevard burning...

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Pedals Turn, Revolutions Begin!

Pedals Turn, Revolutions Begin!

Kingussie is perhaps best known locally for being near the geographical centre of Scotland. But now, thanks to a new community led initiative, it will soon be at the centre of a new cycling revolution! Cycling has long been recognised as an activity with numerous benefits, from improved health and well-being to reduced congestion and environmental pollution. So you would be forgiven for thinking that jumping on your bike and joining the new ‘cycling revolution’ was a no brainer....

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