World-class landscapes with the power to inspire everyone, they’ve been designated on behalf of the entire nation because of their special qualities.
Stunning natural beauty, beautiful wildlife and fascinating cultural heritage make these living and working landscapes truly unique.
There are 15 National Parks in the UK and each one has been designated as a protected landscape because of its special qualities.
Each National Park is different and remarkable in its own way, but all work together as part of a big family.
Here are five simple facts to put you in the picture!
There are 10 National Parks in England, three in Wales and two in Scotland, they are:
Each National Park is administered by its own authority, but that authority does not own all of the land in the Park.
The 15 National Parks have thousands of kilometres of public rights of way over 1,300km of which is designated as suitable for those of us with accessibility issues – giving people incredible opportunities to explore these amazing spaces.
The UK’s National Parks are oases for wildlife – hosting over 330 conservation projects in 2019/20. We work together as National Parks UK – working in unison for the benefit of nature and people.
Conservation, enhancement, sustainability, enjoyment – four words that sit at the heart of all National Parks.
Funded by central government, National Parks have specific purposes that are enshrined in law.
In England and Wales they are:
In carrying out these purposes, National Park Authorities are also required to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities in the National Park.
In the case of the Broads there is an additional purpose, namely protecting the interests of navigation, and all three purposes are given equal priority.
For the Scottish Parks there are four aims:
With the exception of the Broads National Park, if there’s a conflict between a park’s purposes, greater weight has to be given to the first purpose.