From the confirmation of the first National Park in the Peak District in 1951, to England’s youngest National Park, South Downs, in 2010, the creation of designated landscapes – which also include Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) – has been among the outstanding environmental achievements of the past 100 years. They provide a patchwork of stunning, and protected, landscapes
Pg 56, A Green Future: Our 25-Year Environment Plan to Improve the Environment, HM Government
In May 2018, the (then) Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, commissioned journalist, Julian Glover, supported by an independent panel, to undertake a review of England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) as outlined in the Government’s 25-Year Environment Plan.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the passing of the legislation to establish National Parks. With it brings much ambition to harness passion for the countryside, connect the public with nature and look at how England’s 10 National Parks and 34 AONBs can collaborate to expand the network and work beyond their boundaries.
National Parks England (NPE), on behalf of the ten English National Parks, was among over 2,500 organisations that fed into the call for evidence. Read our response.
NPE welcomes many of the ambitious recommendations made within the Landscapes Review and is pleased that all the opportunities and priorities NPE submitted to the panel have been acknowledged within the report. We are now considering the detail of the report as a family of National Parks and AONBs.