Support National Parks Week


Angela Rayner MP is supporting National Parks Week to encourage more local people to experience the outdoors.

Angela said: “National Parks Week is a fantastic opportunity to take friends and family out to enjoy the Great British countryside.

"National Parks are a proud Labour legacy, created with the aim of protecting our wildlife and landscape for future generations to appreciate.

"With the Peak District on our doorstep, we can all get out and connect with nature this summer. And we can support local businesses by sampling some of the local food and drink, while we are at it!"

There are 10 National Parks in England - The Broads, Dartmoor, Exmoor, the Lake District, the New Forest, Northumberland, the North York Moors, the Peak District, the South Downs and the Yorkshire Dales.

National Parks were created by the Labour Government in 1949, with each park run by its own National Park Authority, funded by a grant from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Each park receives a different funding based on size, habitats and other factors. The grant from the government has been cut by 36% in real terms since 2010.

National Parks in England and Wales receive 90 million visitors every year, with more than 50% of people in England living within 1 hour of a National Park. 90% of people say that National Parks are important to them. 96% say that they want every child to experience visiting a National Park. Rural business in National Parks generates over £10bn in annual turnover, and supports 68,000 jobs.

The National Parks Week theme this year is ‘Landscapes of Plenty’, with the focus on local food and drink.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness and appreciation of National Parks amongst the public, increase the number of visitors and boost the rural economy.


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