New English National Parks and Broads Vision and Circular
ENPAA has welcomed the publication of The English National Parks and Broads UK Government Vision and Circular 2010. The new Circular provides policy guidance for all those whose decisions or actions might affect the English National Parks and the Broads. This includes, amongst others, government departments, government agencies, local authorities and other public bodies. It will also be of relevance to landowners, land managers, private businesses and voluntary bodies, all of whom influence what happens in National Parks.
The new Circular includes a Vision for the English National Parks and the Broads in 2030 which was developed jointly with ENPAA. The vision is challenging and will only be achievable if all those living and working in and around National Parks work together in partnership. The National Park Authorities are ready to take up this challenge and although they have a clear responsibility to take a lead in safeguarding these national treasures and making sure that everyone can continue to appreciate and enjoy them, they cannot do it alone.
The Circular sets out the key outcomes that the Government want all those involved to focus on in the next five years:
• a renewed focus on achieving Park Purposes;
• leading the way in adapting to, and mitigating climate change;
• a diverse and healthy natural environment, enhanced cultural heritage and inspiring lifelong behaviour change towards sustainable living and enjoyment of the countryside;
• foster and maintain vibrant, healthy and productive living and working communities; and
• working in partnership to maximise the benefits delivered.
The full text of the new Circular can be found on Defra’s website.
Vision for the English National Parks and the Broads
By 2030 English National Parks and the Broads will be places where:
• There are thriving, living, working landscapes notable for their natural beauty and cultural heritage. They inspire visitors and local communities to live within environmental limits and to tackle climate change. The wide-range of services they provide (from clean water to sustainable food) are in good condition and valued by society.
• Sustainable development can be seen in action. The communities of the Parks take an active part in decisions about their future. They are known for having been pivotal in the transformation to a low carbon society and sustainable living. Renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, low carbon transport and travel and healthy, prosperous communities have long been the norm.
• Wildlife flourishes and habitats are maintained, restored and expanded and linked effectively to other ecological networks. Woodland cover has increased and all woodlands are sustainably managed, with the right trees in the right places. Landscapes and habitats are managed to create resilience and enable adaptation.
• Everyone can discover the rich variety of England’s natural and historic environment, and have the chance to value them as places for escape, adventure, enjoyment, inspiration and reflection, and a source of national pride and identity. They will be recognised as fundamental to our prosperity and well-being.