New 21st century ‘People’s Charter’ for Nature, Access & Landscape needed

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Join us for the chance to engage with our panel of wildlife, advocacy and environmental experts to debate the new legislation needed to protect our National Parks…

With the effects of the climate crisis increasingly prevalent and with one in four of us now experiencing some kind of mental health problem each year*, we believe that new legislation is desperately required to ensure that our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Beauty are better protected.

The independent landscapes reviews, led by Julian Glover in England and Terry Marsden in Wales, uncovered that despite a quarter of England and Wales being designated a National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, access to these stunning places remains unequal and the wildlife, places and communities in these Protected Landscapes are not thriving as they should be. New powers and duties aimed at better protecting these special areas was urgently proposed by the review, yet to date no commitments have been made.

To drive forward the now vital legislative changes required to enhance biodiversity, deliver Net Zero, and help our National Parks transition into thriving places where people of all backgrounds feel welcome and involved, we believe we need a new 21st century ‘People’s Charter’ for Nature, Landscape and Access.

Please join us on Monday 31 October at 4pm for a 1.5hr webinar where you will have the chance to engage with our panel of wildlife, advocacy and environmental experts to discuss and debate what legislative changes and priorities are essential for the future of our Protected Landscapes.

Professor Julia Aglionby, Professor in Practice at the University of Cumbria’s Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas will chair this live webinar. Tom Platt, Director of Operations and Advocacy for The Ramblers, the UK’s leading walking charity along with Sarah Mukherjee one of the Glover independent landscapes review members, Ned Westaway, Barrister and Chair of UK Environmental Law Association, Kate Jennings, Head of Sites Policy at RSPB and member of the IUCN Protected Areas Working Group and our own Chief Executive are the confirmed as panellists.

The webinar is open to all and we are especially keen to hear the views of those already working or campaigning to shape and protect our National Parks along with those currently working to widen access to the countryside for underrepresented groups. Audience members are invited to submit questions in advance of the day.

Make sure you have your say and book your place here.