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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 25 March, 2003, 08:18 GMT
National park assumes powers
The park covers 1,466 square miles
Scotland's second national park has been officially established in the Cairngorms.

The largest in the UK, it stretches from Grantown-on-Spey in the north to the Angus Glens and the Drumochter hills.

The 25 members of the board which will oversee the 1,466 square mile park formally assumed their powers on Tuesday.

They will set up a constitution and standing orders for board meetings to make decisions on its management.

Board appointments

The first board meeting will be held on 15 April, when a convener and deputy convener will be appointed.

The board assumes full operational powers on 1 September.

The park authority will have responsibility for conserving and enhancing the area.

The task ahead for those charged with protecting and promoting the park will be significant
Allan Wilson
Deputy Rural Development Minister
It will work in partnership with local councils on planning issues.

Last month Jane Hope was appointed as interim chief executive of the Cairngorms National Park Authority.

Deputy Rural Development Minister Allan Wilson said the Cairngorms National Park "encompasses some of our most valuable natural habitats".

"The task ahead for those charged with protecting and promoting the park will be significant," he said.

"I am confident that the commitment and skills of those appointed will ensure that the Cairngorms National Park gets off to the best possible start."

Park status

The park's boundaries won the backing of the Scottish Parliament's rural development committee last year.

However, MSPs also supported a Scottish National Party amendment expressing regret at the exclusion of Highland Perthshire from the park.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs became the first area to be granted national park status in Scotland last July.

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