The National Park Management Plan is for the National Park as an area, not just the National Park Authority (NPA). So it is important, whether you are from a national organisation, or local parish council, that you have an opportunity to shape its priorities and contents. The NPAs put a lot of effort into encouraging local people, businesses and organisations to come together to drive the development of the Plans at a local level. If you want to find out more about a specific National Park it would be best to contact them directly to see how you can get involved. This section focuses on those organisations that might have an interest in more than one National Park.
The National Park Management Plans are statutory documents (under Section 66(1) of the Environment Act 1995). The same Act also places a duty on all public bodies to 'have regard' to National Park purposes when undertaking activities that might affect a National Park. Significantly, this relates to activities that might affect a National Park, and are not simply those activities undertaken within a National Park. A really good way for public bodies to contribute to this duty is to get involved in the preparation and implementation of National Park Management Plans. For other organisations, given the Plan is the most important document for the National Park, it makes sense to contribute your thoughts, ideas and help too. Things you might want to think about include: