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Rangers could lead the way on keeping Bonnie Gallowa' bonnie

COUNTRYSIDE rangers could help boost the visitor experience in the south-west's great outdoors, cut down on anti-social behaviour and keep Bonnie Gallowa' bonnie. That's the belief of MSP Finlay Carson, who is continuing his campaign to have countryside rangers situated in the region. The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP pushed SNP Rural Affairs secretary Mairi Gougeon at a question session to ask how the SNP Government could support Dumfries and Galloway Council to give funding to employ rangers. Mr Carson says recent incidents of dirty camping, litter dropping and fly-tipping have spoiled many beauty spots and the wider countryside in Galloway, with greater deterrents needed. He has welcomed the Minister's commitment to tackling the issues blighting the countryside, and says he will continue his campaign to ensure that his constituents feel protected from any increases in anti-social behaviour. Mr Carson said: “Some of the scenes we have seen in our rural communities and beauty spots have been absolutely shameful and tougher and greater action needs to be taken. “I believe that having countryside rangers in position will act not only as a good deterrent, but also as a welcome guide of information for visitors to the area in how they can protect the countryside. “Fly-tipping, wild camping and litter dropping are just some of the ways our countryside have been blighted recently, especially with a rise in holidays at home this year. “I will be continuing to lobby for local authorities to be given the funding necessary in order to employ more countryside rangers in our wonderful Galloway countryside.”

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