Boost for Na­tional Parks

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Improved sup­port for peo­ple liv­ing and work­ing in Na­tional Parks, and recog­ni­tion for their im­por­tance in the ru­ral econ­omy, is on the hori­zon due to a new ini­tia­tive launched by en­vi­ron­ment sec­re­tary Michael Gove.

Mr Gove an­nounced a re­view on 27 May with a com­mit­ment to con­serv­ing and en­hanc­ing the na­tion’s Na­tional Parks and Ar­eas of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty (AONB) as part of the 25-year en­vi­ron­ment plan.

The an­nounce­ment has drawn swift com­ment from ru­ral groups.

CLA pres­i­dent Tim Bre­it­meyer said: “Des­ig­nated land­scapes are cru­cial to the well-be­ing of the na­tion, pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties not only for visi­tors but most es­pe­cially for those who live and work there. We look for­ward to con­tribut­ing to the re­view.

“The cru­cial chal­lenge is to strike the right bal­ance be­tween en­sur­ing des­ig­na­tion that de­liv­ers nat­u­ral beauty, along­side en­cour­ag­ing the right types of economic ac­tiv­ity. This more pos­i­tive bal­ance will sus­tain th­ese ar­eas and cre­ate thriving com­mu­ni­ties.

“Most busi­nesses within des­ig­nated land­scapes ex­pe­ri­ence sig­nif­i­cant op­po­si­tion and hos­til­ity to devel­op­ment of any kind. Suc­cess in this re­view will see more landown­ers, users, park au­thor­i­ties and con­ser­va­tion boards com­ing to­gether to iden­tify op­por­tu­ni­ties that de­liver the right types of sen­si­tive devel­op­ment to im­prove the use and en­joy­ment of th­ese unique ar­eas,” he con­cluded. Is there any no­bler field­sport than stalk­ing bun­nies on a sum­mer evening with your child­hood air ri­fle? fol­low us @shoot­ing­times Some

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Our Na­tional Parks and AONBS will be con­served and en­hanced

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