Visiting one of the country’s beautiful national parks is always a highly enjoyable tour, with great views and stunning scenery guaranteed. Now, a scheme, outlined by Environment Secretary George Eustice, is looking to safeguard the green spaces for future generations.
The proposals – which will now be subject to consultation – were outlined in response to Landscapes Review, an independent report by Julian Glover, that looked at whether the protections currently in place for National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) are fit for purpose.
The government’s proposals have outlined ambitious changes that could lead to increased access to nature and allow these landscapes to provide more for “climate, nature, people and places for the next 70 years and beyond”.
A collaborative effort will see a new national landscapes partnership created where those who are responsible for managing the parks and AONBs work together on mutual objectives, including improving public access and helping with nature recovery.
The consultation will also seek 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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