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Exmoor National Park Authority Responds to 'Landscapes Review'

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On Saturday (21st September) the Government’s independent Landscapes Review – led by writer Julian Glover – called for bold action to reignite the founding sprit of our great National Park movement to make them “greener, more beautiful and open to everyone”.

The report is described by Defra as potentially “the biggest shakeup of the running of England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty since they were founded 70 years ago”. Glover and his panel toured all 44 of them with Exmoor National Park among the first to receive a visit last July, during which he met with locals and visited some of the region’s most iconic beauty spots.

Welcoming the findings, Sarah Bryan, Chief Executive of Exmoor National Park Authority, said: “For 70 years national parks have had natural beauty and people at their core. The newly published Glover review now challenges all protected landscapes to add nature recovery and natural capital to that equation, rightly reaffirming that our joint responsibility towards these treasured places goes far beyond human enjoyment and values.  

“These places have always been sources of inspiration, spiritual refreshment and cultural understanding. But inherently they are also the lungs of our planet, the natural home for much of our iconic wildlife and a source of many life-giving ecosystem services. Its vital national parks do more to get this message across to people of all ages and backgrounds, and we welcome this challenge.

“We’re pleased that Exmoor National Park is specifically mentioned in the report, as an exemplar of natural beauty, nature-friendly farming, natural capital principles and nature restoration. But we accept there are areas where we could and should do more, such as in strengthening our relationships with neighbouring landscapes, attracting a greater diversity of Authority members and ensuring nature recovery remains high on the agenda.

“It is with this in mind that we congratulate Julian and his team for their hard work and forward-thinking proposals. We look forward to working with Government and our partners to grasp these opportunities and see that iconic landscapes like ours are primed to play their collective part in addressing the challenges of our time.”

Photo caption: Julian Glover enjoys a ride on the iconic Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway during a visit to Exmoor last July as part of his Landscapes Review.

ENDS

Published: 23 September 2019

Contact the press office:

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