Consultation: Have your say

Have your say at drop in sessions being held throughout May and through our online portal https://flowcountry.commonplace.is/ 

 The Flow Country has experienced human influence for thousands of years and this landscape will continue to be shaped by those fortunate enough to call it their home. We want to work with communities to see that The Flow Country continues to be a world-class habitat, as well as ensuring that local people feel the benefit of this highest of heritage accolades.

Community consultation and input is key in shaping this bid, and what can be achieved through World Heritage inscription.  Information on previous consultation events is outlined below, and the next period of consultation is just about to open (May 2022) with 16 drop in events being held throughout the region.  Alongside these face to face events an online portal will be available to provide feedback on both the proposed boundary and the wider project. 

May 2022 consultation schedule: Have your say

The Flow Country Partnership is taking its project on the road for a 16-day consultation tour of Caithness and Sutherland.

The Flow Country is the most intact and extensive blanket bog system in the world and this remarkable place is so important that it could soon join Victoria Falls and The Rocky Mountains on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list.

We want to share the fantastic progress that has been made with this project and hear your thoughts on what a World Heritage Site could bring to the area.

The Flow Country is being nominated for the world class blanket bog it contains and the specialised biodiversity it supports. The site boundary has been drawn to encapsulate these elements and as such is largely based on the existing designated sites which can be found in the region (Sites of Special Scientific Interest). It is these existing designations that provide the protection to the site.

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World Heritage listing would be an incredible accolade for the area and the communities that live and work there, and it is hoped it will also bring economic benefits.

To find out more about the project and share your thoughts, the partnership would be delighted to welcome you along to one of its drop-in events (see timetable below).

There will be maps, videos and plenty of information about the work the partnership is doing, as well as opportunities to contribute your ideas to the consultation. There will also be plenty of tea and coffee.

If you cannot make it along to one of the drop-in events, you can also share your thoughts by visiting our online consultation from Monday 9th May: https://flowcountry.commonplace.is/

DATES AND VENUES FOR DROP-IN EVENTS

All venues 11am – 7pm (with the exception of Thurso, which will finish at 18:00).

9 May - Brora Community Centre

10 May - Golspie Community Lounge

11 May - Timespan, Helmsdale

12 May - Dunbeath Heritage Centre

13 May - Lybster Community Centre

16 May - Pulteney Centre, Wick

17 May - Reay Village Hall

18 May - Thurso Library

19 May - Ross Institute, Halkirk

20 May - Strathy Village Hall

23 May - Bettyhill Library

24 May - Tongue Community Hall

25 May - Altnaharra Hotel

26 May - Kildonan Community Hall

27 May - Halladale Hall, Strath Halladale

30 May - Lairg Community Centre

Previous Consultation

A number of consultation events were undertaken for the previous stage of the Flow Country World Heritage Site Project.  

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Drop-in events

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Gail Ross MSP attends our Wick drop-in event

We held 15 drop-in events at locations across Caithness and Sutherland through May and June 2019. We were really pleased to speak to just under 200 people at these events – thank you very much to everyone who came out to see us.

We will hold more of these events next year, so keep an eye on this page for more details.

 

Big events

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Professor Iain Stewart, Professor Barry Gilbertson and Neil Oliver (left to right) at our Eden Court event

From 5th – 7th July we held three very well-attended events in Lairg, Thurso and Inverness. A huge thank you to the 850 people who came out to hear Professor Barry Gilbertson, Professor Iain Stewart and Neil Oliver talk about The Flow Country and the World Heritage Site Project.

 

Contact us

We would love to hear your thoughts and questions, so please feel free to contact us using the details below:

steven.andrews@highland.gov.uk (Flow Country World Heritage Site Coordinator, The Highland Council)

joe.perry@highland.gov.uk (Climate Change Coordinator, The Highland Council)