A drop-in session will take place this week to enable the public to have a say on proposals for a new National Park.

Over recent years, campaigners and politicians have been renewing calls for Scotland's third national park to be created in the southwest of Scotland.

Galloway National Park Association (GNPA) are holding consultations at the end of January and the start of February as part of the final push for the region to be awarded National Park status.

The existing campaign to make the Galloway Forest Scotland's third national park has received strong backing in the past.

A drop-in session is taking place in Dalmellington on Thursday, February 1, from 2pm to 7pm at the community centre.

Rob Lucas, chair of GNPA, said: "Your voice could make all the difference. Public support is essential as part of the process for deciding which part of Scotland should be awarded National Park status.

"Over the last six years, we have spoken to large numbers of people across the Park area to gather their views. We have been greatly encouraged by the feedback and want to ensure that our bid fully captures the benefits but also addresses the concerns raised.

“We are really hoping that even more people will seize the opportunity to find out more and take part in our drop-in sessions over the coming days.”