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Young influx to Cairngorms noted

Posted 6 October 2010
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Young influx to Cairngorms noted
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The addition of over 700 sq km of Perthshire to the Cairngorms this week is not the only increase it has experienced, as a new report has shown more young people are living in the national park.

A report entitled The Economic and Social Health of the Cairngorms National Park has found a reversal of demographic trends among 18 to 25-year olds occurred after national park status was gained in 2003.

Prior to this time, there was an annual net loss from the age group of 56 people, but since designation the average gain per year has been 260.

Many people in this group may be young and adventurous outdoor lovers, who might be keen to don their walking boots and get out their Ordnance Survey maps to explore the mountains, Lochs and valleys of the area.

The extension into Perthshire means the national park now covers 4,528 sq km, making it more than twice the size of the Lake District, Britain's second largest national park at 2,292 sq km.

Scotland's first national park - Loch Lomond and the Trossachs - is fourth largest with Snowdonia third.

Posted by Elaine Arthur