There are 15 members of the National Parks family in the United Kingdom and each one is looked after by its own authority. We work together as National Parks UK.
There are 10 National Parks in England in Wales and 2 in Scotland, they are:
Each National Park is administered by its own authority, but that authority does not own all of the land within the Park. They are independent bodies funded by central government to:
In carrying out these aims, National Park Authorities are also required to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the national park.
In the case of the Broads there is a third purpose, namely protecting the interests of navigation, and all three purposes are given equal priority.
For the Scottish parks there are four aims for the area:
With the exception of Broads National Park, if there's a conflict between a park's purposes, greater weight has to be given to the first purpose.
See the looking after section to find out how we work to conserve and promote enjoyment in the national parks
Each National Park Authority has a number of unpaid appointed members, selected by the Secretary of State, local councils and parish councils. The role of members is to provide leadership, scrutiny and direction for the National Park Authority.
There are also a number of paid staff who carry out the work necessary to run the national park. Our working for us section shows the diverse types of jobs national park staff do, from rangers and ecologists to planners and education teams.
National Parks UK brings together the 15 National Park Authorities in the UK to raise the profile of the National Parks and to promote joint working. Country associations for the English and Welsh national parks represent the national park authorities to English and Welsh governments.
Advised by the 15 national park authority chief executives, the chairmen and convenors of the 15 National Park Authorities work together to share experience and manage joint training projects, public relations activities and special events.
National Parks UK employs three members of staff based in Cardiff, and secondees from the National Parks to work on projects as required.
National Parks UK is not a lobbying body, nor does it seek to speak on behalf of the family of 15 National Parks. Its key roles include:
National Parks UK also:
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