About the Association of National Park Authorities
UK ANPA is the association of the 15 chairmen and convenors of the UK National Park Authorities.
Advised by the 15 National Park Authority chief executives, the chairmen and convenors work together to share experience and manage joint training projects, public relations activities and special events.
The UK Association employs three members of staff based in Cardiff and secondees from the National Parks to work on projects as required.
UK ANPA is not a lobbying body, nor does it seek to speak on behalf of the family of 15 National Parks. However its key roles include:
- Engaging with the public and answering queries about National Parks as a group
- Promoting the National Parks as special places
UK ANPA also:
- Promotes the 15 National Parks in the UK as beacons for sustainable development
- Helps raise their profile and deepen the public's understanding and relevance of these protected landscapes
- Facilitates training and development for NPA members and staff
- Fosters closer working with the growing international family of protected landscapes
Contact UK ANPA:
Kathryn Cook, co-ordinator, UK ANPA.
Tel: 029 2049 9966
UK Association of National Parks Authorities
126 Bute Street
A voice for each country
Policy and strategic decision making for the National Park Authorities is dealt with at a country level through the following organisations:
English National Parks Authorities Association (ENPAA)
ENPAA exists to promote and further the needs of the English National Park Authorities. It does this through collective working by the expert staff of the National Park Authorities, and an office and staff based in London. Through highlighting the work of the Authorities, ENPAA aims to inspire decision makers to support them to deliver numerous public benefits.
Read more about ENPAA, press releases, policy statements and the team
ENPAA’s priorities and strategic direction is established by the Chairs of the English National Park Authorities. They in turn are supported by the nine English National Park Officers, with one acting in a lead capacity.
Core roles of ENPAA
- Providing a collective voice for the views of the English National Park Authorities
- Representing their interests to a range of policy makers, Parliamentarians and other decision makers
- Raising the profile of the work of the authorities
- Facilitating discussion amongst National Park Authorities on issues of common concern
- Supporting the development and capacity of the National Park Authorities to affect change
- Working in partnership with other bodies where this adds value
Paul Hamblin, director, ENPAA
Tel: 020 7072 7421
Local Government House
National Parks Wales
National Parks Wales (NPW) exists to respond to the political and policy differences resulting from Welsh devolution and the particular cultural differences between Wales and England. NPW is governed by an executive committee which is administered and coordinated by the park authority holding the role of secretary and chairman. One officer, the Welsh Policy Officer, deals with the Welsh agenda and work programme.
The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority currently holds the co-ordination role (until 2012). The NPW Executive includes representatives from the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) and the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW). The Council for National Parks (CNP) attends as an observer.
Core role of National Parks Wales
- Managing the affairs of the association and make regular reports on its work to meetings of the Executive
- Informing and bringing together all those with a responsibility for the management of national parks (section 62 of the Env Act 1995) in Wales
- Facilitating and establishing effective communication with WAG
- Promoting the good work of national park authorities and raising their profiles nationally in Wales
- Helping to train and develop members of national park authorities
- Promoting and sharing good practice in national parks and other protected areas nationally and internationally
- Advising and influencing emerging Welsh national policy
Contact National Parks Wales:
Greg Pycroft, Welsh policy officer, NPW
Tel: 029 20499966
126 Bute Street
The Scottish National Park Authorities do not have their own country association but are full members of UK ANPA.
Visit our contact page for details of how to contact the individual National Park Authorities and the ANPA offices