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CPRE to provide evidence to improve National Parks and AONBs

CPRE to provide evidence to improve National Parks and AONBs

CPRE welcomes the opportunity to give its views and evidence into how we can improve England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and to ensure these iconic landscapes remain just as beautiful for the benefit of current and future generations.

A call for evidence was launched today (20 October) by an independent panel as part of a review, led by journalist and writer, Julian Glover, of England’s current network of 34 AONBs and 10 National Parks – delivering on a commitment made in the 25-year Environment Plan. The call for evidence asks broad questions about how National Parks and AONBs currently work and what things are needed to make them even more effective.

Emma Marrington, Senior Rural Policy Campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), said:

"CPRE played a fundamental role in the creation of both National Parks and AONBs. We helped to shape the legislation that led to the designation of these world-renowned and breath-taking landscapes almost 70 years ago, and we welcome the opportunity to input into this potentially game-changing review. It’s vital that people are able to continue enjoying them for many years to come.

"Access to these landscapes can have a profoundly positive effect on our physical health and mental wellbeing. We hope that the review will look at ways to increase opportunities for everyone to enjoy the benefits that they can bring by promoting affordable and accessible ways to explore these places, such as sustainable public transport."

CPRE looks forward to working with the independent panel to create a brighter future for England’s National Parks and AONBs.

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