Boost for National Parks
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
Our National Parks and AONBS will be conserved and enhanced