Landscapes Review

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.

The following year marked the 70th anniversary of the passing of the legislation to establish National Parks. This sparked much discussion on how 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.

The Landscapes Review was published on September 21st 2019. You can read our initial statement on its release.

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. Since publication we have been considering the detail of the report’s recommendations as a family of National Parks and AONBs,and seeking to encourage a positive response from Government. National Park Authorities (NPAs) have, through NPE, been working up ambitious plans to deliver against our four priorities. And NPAs are already implementing exciting projects in each of the national parks.