In the UK, we have 15 unique and inspiring National Parks. These are beautiful and protected areas that include mountains, meadows, moorlands, woods and wetlands, as well as towns and villages. From the meres, tarns and fells of the Lake District, to the tranquility and unpolluted skies of Northumberland, each is valuable and distinctive.
UK National Parks are home to more than 400,000 people and host over 80 million visitors each year. They are extraordinarily important resources, managed for relatively low cost. In 2012 England’s National Parks contributed as much to the economy as the UK aerospace sector. Each year they cost each of us just 80p.
The National Park Authorities ensure that our National Parks are valued, enjoyed and protected by working partner organisations, residents and visitors. In England and Wales the Authorities act to:
- Conserve and enhance natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage
- Promote the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park by the public
When carrying out these purposes, National Park Authorities also have a duty to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities.