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Let’s Have More National Parks

February 22, 2011

Let’s campaign for more new National Parks in Britain.

Such a programme should be high on the agenda for all outdoor groups, such as the Ramblers, CNP (Campaign for National Parks), Open Spaces Society and so forth.

During the lifetime of the recent Labour government, we campaigned for the New Forest to become a National Park – though the boundaries given were pathetically small – and for National Park status for the South Downs.

Mind, we are still waiting for the South Downs National Park to actually appear.

Summit of Easdon, Dartmoor

 

These were great victories.

But we could do with more of our ever-threatened British countryside being given National Park status. Not just one or two areas, but lots.

With the same creating ambition that government had back in the 1940s.

Here is my list for possible new National Parks:

1. Cambrian Mountains.

2. North Pennines.

3. The Shropshire Hills.

4. The Wiltshire Downs.

5. North Downs and Weald.

6. The Dorset Downs and Coast.

7. Bodmin Moor and North Cornish Coast/Penwith.

8. The Chiltern Hills.

9. The Somerset Hills and Levels.

10. North Norfolk Coast.

All of these areas are threatened by development. While most enjoy Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty status, I feel that that is enough.

These are wonderful areas for walking and recreation.

They deserve the best form of protection.

What can we do? Well, if you are a member of a political party put forward National Park creation as a priority for your party manifesto. If you are a member of an outdoor group or walking club, or a national conservation charity put forward motions now.

Let’s get the campaign for more National Parks under way now, so that we might influence politicians ahead of the next general election.

 

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. John Edwards permalink
    February 22, 2011 1:05 pm

    I disagree here. National Park status does not change the law on access. These areas are already Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and therefore have high protection from development.

    There is a danger that the law will be changed to restrict access to land with National Park status only. This is the case in many countries, including Britain’s former colonies.

  2. February 23, 2011 9:19 am

    I have a real feeling that AONB land might become disposable in the eyes of the government. I agree with the comment on access. I think we need much stronger access laws, more akin to the Scottish model.

  3. John Edwards permalink
    February 23, 2011 10:23 am

    Things are far from perfect in Scotland, where there is a considerable difference between what the law says and practice, particularly on foreign owned golf courses.

  4. February 23, 2011 5:19 pm

    Trump should be banned from Scotland!

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