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Last Chance to Have Your Say on National Parks

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Exmoor National Park Authority is encouraging all those who live and work in, enjoy or care for National Parks to share their views as part of the Government’s ongoing review of England’s protected landscapes, ahead of the deadline next Tuesday 18th December.

The independent review, covering all National Parks and Areas of Outstanding National Beauty (AONBs) in England, represents one of the most thorough appraisals of protected landscape designation since their founding nearly 70 years ago. It will look at how these national assets can be made even more beautiful, better protected and enjoyed by all, as well as how those who live and work in them might be better supported.

Exmoor was designated a National Park in 1954 and is one of 10 National Parks and 34 AONBs in England, each with their own special qualities.

Sarah Bryan, Chief Executive of National Park Authority, said: “Our National Parks are special places where people can experience some of the nation’s most iconic scenery, wildlife and heritage. If you value these landscapes, whether from near or far, it’s vital your views are heard.”

The Authority’s own response, published in draft form ahead of last week’s Committee meeting, will call for more local influence over how farming delivers benefits for the environment and people, better tools for monitoring and researching environmental and landscape change, and greater clarity around the role of National Park Authorities in fostering social and economic wellbeing among their communities.

It also acknowledges how well the current National Parks system has helped protect the special qualities of Exmoor throughout its 64 years of designation, and the strong basis of partnership working that has helped achieve this.

To share your views on National Parks and protected landscapes with the Review Panel visit: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/land-use/landscapes-review-call-for-evidence

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Published: 12 December 2018

Contact the press office:

Ailsa Stevens
T: 01398 323665
E: info@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk