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Youth Action

Young people are the future of the Cairngorms and we care about sustaining our rural landscapes

Cairngorms Youth Action

The Cairngorms Youth Action Team was officially launched on Monday 7th October 2019 by Mairi Gougeon Minister for the Environment and Rural Affairs at the CNPA offices in Grantown on Spey. The minister said:

“It is vital that Scotland’s young people are listened to and included in decisions that affect their future, and the Cairngorms Youth Action project will do just that: empowering young people to play a strong role in creating a sustainable future for the Cairngorms – a vital piece of our natural heritage”

Mairi Gougeon MSP, the Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment.

Cairngorms Youth Action is a new project developed by the Cairngorms National Park Authority to help address the issues identified by young people and outlined in the EUROPARC Youth Manifesto.

The key elements of Cairngorms Youth Action will be –

  • To be the voice of young people in the Park by recruiting young people to form the Cairngorms Youth Action Team.
  • To develop a procedure to fund young people’s ideas about living, learning and working in the Park by giving them a grant.
  • To put on educational, exciting and innovative events for young people in the Park.


Cairngorms Youth Action is an empowering and inspiring platform for young people to share and develop ideas that lead to proactive participation in decision making.

It will engage with the natural and cultural heritage of our local rural communities.

Cairngorms Youth Action will enable young people to tackle issues and create positive change.

By including the voice of young people and their constantly evolving ideas, we can create a sustainable future for our park.

“The climate emergency is the single biggest issue to face my generation, we need make our voice heard and galvanise people into action to help reverse the situation. The Cairngorms Youth Action Team will be committed to speaking out and working on ways we can make that happen.”

CYAT member, Ellie Moore

Take Part in Our Survey!

To help us take the Cairngorms Youth Action project forward we would like to hear from anyone under the age of 25 about what you think about what the Cairngorms Youth Action Team should do, how you could be involved and what it can do for you.

The survey is open to anyone under the age of 25.

Complete the Survey Here


How to get Involved

The Cairngorms Youth Action Team is looking for people aged 16 – 30yrs from all over Scotland, who want to get involved in the future of the Cairngorms National Park.

For more information on the application process or if you would like to apply, email [email protected]

Follow the Cairngorms Youth Action Team on Instagram and find out more about the Youth LAG Fund.