Campaign for National Parks responds to latest Landscapes Review consultation

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Campaign for National Parks has submitted its response to the consultation on the Government’s long-awaited response to the Landscapes Review.

We were very pleased to see the Government take on board a lot of our input which helped shape the Review, but without legislation to underpin the ambition, the proposals fall short of what is needed to ensure National Parks can deliver more for people, nature and climate.

We are calling on the Westminster Government to:

  • Update National Park laws to prioritise nature, climate and equality.
  • Set clear targets for nature recovery in National Parks
  • Support all farmers in National Parks to deliver more for nature and access
  • Establish a national programme to enhance access and diversity
  • Invest in these critical public assets for the health of society and nature

“The pandemic experience has shown just how critical National Parks and AONBs are to the people of this nation,” says Campaign for National Parks Chief Executive Rose O’Neill, “It has also highlighted the gaps in our current framework of support for these critical national assets.

“We welcome the Government’s vison and ambitions set out in its response to the Landscapes Review. We welcome the clear emphasis on nature and inclusion, and we support the vision for a “national network of beautiful, nature-rich spaces that all parts of society can easily access and enjoy”.

“We agree that legislative change is essential and urgent. We call on Government to set out legislation for National Parks and AONBs in the next Queen’s Speech.”

Along with responding in full to the consultation, we have written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and will continue to lobby politicians to pursue the legislation needed to safeguard the future of National Parks.

Will you help us? Join as a Friend today to become part of a growing movement of people campaigning to protect and improve National Parks; read our full response to the latest consultation; and please do submit your own response too –  before 11.45pm on Saturday 9 April 2022.