How much do national parks cost?

All national parks are funded from central government, not from the people who live there. In Wales and Scotland the money is allocated by the Welsh and Scottish governments respectively.

* Figures for 2013-14 are forecasts

Authority
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14 *
Brecon Beacons
3,302,269
3,215,500
3,402,253
3,387,834
Broads
4,229,502
4,002,149
3,774,799
3,547,447
Cairngorms
4,946,000
4,756,000
4,646,000
TBC
Dartmoor
4,739,642
4,484,867
4,230,095
3,975,321
Exmoor
3,978,580
3,764,715
3,550,853
3,336,989
Lake District
6,921,279
6,549,233
6,177,190
5,805,144
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs
7,122,000
6,768,000
6,648,000
6,499,987
New Forest
4,028,096
3,811,570
3,595,046
3,378,520
North York Moors
5,428,266
5,136,475
4,844,687
4,552,897
Northumberland
3,311,334
3,133,337
2,955,341
2,777,344
Peak District
8,298,814
7,852,720
7,406,630
6,960,536
Pembrokeshire Coast
3,462,640
3,368,100
3,554,853
3,540,433
Snowdonia
4,435,091
4,316,400
4,503,153
4,488,733
South Downs
7,290,000
11,373,133
10,981,271
10,589,405
Yorkshire Dales
5,398,563
5,108,369
4,818,178
4,527,984

They do not all get the same amount of money.

Look at the facts and figures, and you will see that the size of the national park, the number of people who live there and the number of visitors who go there all have an effect of the amount of funding the national park authority gets.

National park authorities also get some money from other sources such as the European Union and from earning money themselves.

What do national parks spend the money on?

Each national park authority decides what they will spend their money on, so they are all slightly different. But spending can be categorised into nine main areas. Here are the figures for three national park authorities' spending in 2008/09:

 Spending onBrecon BeaconsDartmoorLake District
1Conserving the Natural Environment4%14%7%
2Conserving cultural heritage3%7%4%
3Planning - controlling development15%16%10%
4Planning - policies and communities9%7%8%
5Promoting learning and understanding24%18%28%
6Recreation management and transport6%9%1%
7Wardens, estate workers and volunteers21%19%21%
8Running the organisation17%7%12%
9Other2%3%7%

Graphs showing how National Park Authorities spend their money