Located just 19km to the north of Glasgow, the Campsie Fells have long provided an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The area has great variety, with farmland, open moors, steep-flanked glens, attractive woodland and sparkling burns. However, the proximity of the Fells to the city means that influence of human activity is always evident.
The Campsie Fells Steering Group (CFSG) was established in May 2009 as a working partnership between East Dunbartonshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Stirling Council, Falkirk Council, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Forestry Commission Scotland (FSC). As the Fells cut across local authority boundaries, the CFSG was established to enable coordination between local authorities in the management of sustainable economic, social and ecological development in the Campsie Fells region.
In December 2010 East Dunbartonshire Council, on behalf of the Campsie Fells Steering Group, commissioned consultants URS Scott Wilson to prepare a Strategic Review and Action Plan and a Biodiversity Review and Action Plan for the Campsie Fells area. Work was focussed around access, marketing, tourism and recreation, and economic development and business support.
URS Scott Wilson was tasked with:
In addition to desk-based research, public consultation meetings were held across each local authority area to give the public an opportunity to contribute to setting priorities for the region.
The Strategic Review and Action Plan has helped focus attention around an agreed set of priorities and actions and has proved particularly useful in coordinating partnership amongst the four councils.
The Strategic Review and Action Plan and accompanying Biodiversity Review have both been adopted by the Campsie Fells Steering Group. The projects and initiatives identified in the Plan will either directly or indirectly contribute to:
The CSGN Development Fund added value to the project by enabling a more comprehensive piece of work to be and by allowing the project to happen at an earlier stage than otherwise would have happened.
The Campsie Fells Steering Group is now working to deliver the priority actions, such as access and signage improvements. The Steering Group has sought to attract tourists to the Fells and will soon launch a new Campsie Fells website to help with the marketing and promotion of the area.
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