National Parks Funding Protected in the Spending Review

We’re absolutely delighted that today [25th Nov] in the spending review Chancellor George Osborne has protected over £350 million funding for English National Parks, AONBs and forests. 

National Parks will be given “legal flexibilities to allow them to build sustainable, long-term revenue streams and boost growth in rural areas.”

We have been campaigning against cutting funding to National Park Authorities through our Stop the Cuts campaign working in collaboration with 38 Degrees.

Whilst we’re delighted that National Parks, AONBs and forests have been protected, it’s not all good news. The Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) will have to find savings of 15% and we don’t yet know what that means for other parts of their work.  

Fiona Howie our chief executive has said, “It is great news that the Chancellor has listened to concerns about the future of English National Parks and confirmed their funding will be protected for the rest of this Parliament. National Parks are nationally important assets which deliver important environmental, social, economic and cultural benefits to both local communities and the nation and it’s wonderful that their value has been recognised.

We know, however, National Parks face a wide range of development threats including from new infrastructure and house building. We do not want these landscapes preserved in aspic, they must be thriving communities, but this will only be achieved through appropriate development. So we will be looking at the wide range of announcements made today to fully understand the implications on our designated landscapes.”

A huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in our Stop the Cuts campaign – we are thrilled some of the most beautiful and valued landscapes are being protected. 

Derwent Edge the Peak District © Gemma Rogers Campaign for National Parks

For media inquiries, please contact our Communications Officer Gemma Rogers, gemma@cnp.org.uk or ring 020 7891 0890

Image: Derwent Edge the Peak District © Gemma Rogers Campaign for National Parks