Heading to a national park is always guaranteed to be an enjoyable tour, with stunning views, scenery and wildlife all on offer. Now, a scheme is looking to safeguard these beautiful spaces for future generations
The proposals, which were outlined by Environment Secretary George Eustice, have been set out following Landscapes Review, an independent report that was carried out by Julian Glover. This looked into whether the current protections in place for both National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) were fit for purpose.
The outlined proposals, which will now be subject to a consultation, have set out ambitious changes, with the aim of increasing access to nature and letting the landscapes provide more for “climate, nature, people and places for the next 70 years and beyond”.
This would see a new national landscapes partnership created, where everyone who is responsible for managing the parks and AONBs come together to work on mutual objectives. These will include targets such as improving public access and working together to help with nature recovery.
The consultation is also looking for views on proposals that would “drive nature recovery within our landscapes and support for the communities that live and work within them”.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “Our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are amongst our nation’s greatest and most cherished natural wonders. The comprehensive set of measures set out represents a new chapter in the story of our protected landscapes and we have worked closely with stakeholders to carefully form our response.”
“These reforms will play a pivotal role in meeting our international commitment to protect 30% of land for biodiversity by 2030 as we build back greener.”
Chair of Natural England, Tony Juniper said: “From the beauty of the sandy beaches of the Scillies to the rugged glory of Northumberland, our protected landscapes are integral to our national identity, our health and wellbeing and our country’s prosperity.”
“As Government’s statutory landscape advisor, Natural England has a pivotal role in making sure our National Parks and AONBs are beautiful, thriving places.”
You can find out more about the consultation – which closes on Saturday 9 April – here.
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