South of Scotland Labour MSP Colin Smyth has praised the footpath improvement work being done by the Galloway Glens Partnership, following a visit to the area on March 9.

The Galloway Glens Partnership works to connect people living and working in the area with its heritage and landscape in a bid to secure a prosperous future for the communities around the Water of Ken and River Dee. 



The Partnership resulted from local interest in the area and a wish to better understand its heritage, and consists of a range organisation, including Dumfries and Galloway Council, local community organisations, The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, Forestry Commission Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland.

On March 9, before the Covid-19 restrictions had been put in place, Colin Smyth toured the Galloway Glens area, visiting the three footpath improvement projects recently undertaken and meeting partners from Forestry and Land Scotland, the Solway Firth Partnership and the National Trust for Scotland team at Threave Garden and Estate.

Colin Smyth said: “The Galloway Glens Partnership is brilliant example of how working together can achieve great things.

“The Galloway Glens area is very beautiful and the footpath improvements which I saw on my visit on March 9 are going to make a huge difference in the future.

“It was great to meet with some of the partners and to learn more about what is being done in the area.



“The ethos behind the Partnership is also really impressive. For example, they try and use local contractors so as much money as possible goes back into the local area.”

McNabb Laurie, Galloway Glens Team Leader said: "We were delighted to show Colin the footpaths we have been working on with partners over recent months. 

“We are in a fortunate position to have funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund Scotland to ‘connect people to our heritage’ and these three footpaths demonstrate this perfectly, as well as wider health and wellbeing benefits. 

“The three sites, in Kirkcudbright Bay, by Castle Douglas and near Carsphairn, offer very different experiences and we will be working in coming years to embed these further with the local residents, as well as visitors to the area. 

“It is worth noting that all three path improvement projects were undertaken by Dumfries and Galloway based contractors, using aggregate from Dalbeattie. 

“A vital aim of the Galloway Glens Scheme is to spend as much Galloway Glens funding in the local area as possible. 

“Many thanks to all landowners, all match funders including the Scottish Natural Heritage administered 'Improving Public Access' scheme and everyone involved, especially Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Unesco Biosphere"