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