Cairngorm markers in line for award

There are 29 granite markers welcoming visitors to the Cairngorms
There are 29 granite markers welcoming visitors to the Cairngorms

The granite markers which signify you are entering the Cairngorms National Park have been shortlisted for the President’s Award at this week’s Landscape Institute Awards in London.

This prestigious award is now in its sixth year and Ian White Associates Landscape Architects face tough competition from 24 others on the shortlist.

Winners were to be announced at a ceremony in London this week.

Nick Bowen from Ian White Associates Landscape Architects said: “Having worked closely with the National Park over a five year period in the planning, design and installation of the entry marker project, the design team are delighted that the project has been recognised on the national stage.”

There are granite markers on the 29 entrances to the Park. The striking three metre wide markers on main road entrances are made up of three panels of silver granite and feature the Cairngorms National Park brand in black granite inlay. Boulder-style markers featuring just the Osprey image from the Park brand are on other road entrances as well as the Speyside Way and National Cycle Route 7.

Over 10 million vehicles every year pass by a Cairngorms National Park entry marker.

CNPA Sustainable Tourism and Visitor Experience Programme Manager, Pete Crane, said: “First impressions are important and we have something which gives a real sense of arrival to the National Park. They’re exceptional quality, crafted from Deeside granite and like the National Park are strong, incredibly beautiful and be around for a long time.”