Media Release: Thursday 23 May 2013
A new report, Valuing England's National Parks, published by National Parks England today shows the importance of National Parks not just as iconic landscapes and part of our national identity, but as thriving rural economies contributing to national prosperity and wellbeing through their special qualities.
John Dyke, Chair of National Parks England, said:
"English National Parks contribute between £4.1-£6.3bn to the economy through economic activity within their boundaries. That's equivalent to the UK aerospace industry. This report really shows the great value of National Parks to the economy and National Park Authorities' role in supporting rural communities and businesses. It also reminds us of the other benefits National Parks provide - clean water, stunning landscapes, wildlife habitats, a place to relax or to be active to name but a few. These are hard to put a figure on but immensely important to us all as are the economic benefits that flow from them."
Environment Minister Richard Benyon MP said:
"Our National Parks are the most treasured places in the country. More than 90 million people visit them each year, helping to boost economic growth in rural areas. This report highlights the value of these areas in promoting tourism and contributing to the UK economy."
The report is packed with information and case studies showing how National Park Authorities support rural businesses, communities and economies while ensuring the National Parks remain beautiful places where people want to live, work and visit with rich cultural and ecological assets.
Other headline messages from the report are shown in the short video National Parks, National Assets and an infographic (available along with full report at the bottom of this page). These include:
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Paul Hamblin - Director, 07968 760854
National Parks England commissioned Cumulus Consultants and ICF GHK to research and write the report, Valuing England's National Parks, which assesses the contribution of England's National Parks to national and local economic prosperity and well-being.
National Parks England exists to support policy and practice by coordinating the views of the ten English National Park Authorities (NPAs). It does this by:
National Parks, National Assets - video: