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6 April 2019

This Saturday (6 April) marks the start of Discover National Parks Fortnight - a two-week celebration across the UK with events and experiences running throughout the Easter holidays to inspire people of all ages and interests to go outside and explore and learn more about these special places.

The UK's fifteen National Parks are each unique - some have high mountains others meandering wetlands and dramatic coastline. They offer infinite opportunities to explore, learn, relax, unwind, whether its a gentle family walk with little ones exploring every tree and flower along the way, action adventures to tempt teens away from their phones or cultural events exploring the special history of the National Parks. Find out about the wide range of events and activities at nationalparks.uk/discover.

This year’s celebration mark the 70th Anniversary of  the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act that paved the way for the establishment of National Parks in the UK.

John Packman, Chief Executive of the Broads Authority which looks after the Broads National Park said:

“The fifteen National Parks were created to protect and care for special landscapes across the UK, and to do this on behalf of everyone in the country. So the 70th Anniversary is a perfect moment for us to encourage people - whether they live in a National Park or in the middle of a city - to discover the extraordinary variety and inspiring stories of the fifteen National Parks.

“The news is full of stories about how important it is for our physical and mental health to spend time in nature, especially with the spiralling effects of social media and digital technology on the pace of life. National Parks offer some of the best places in the country to switch off, to experience and connect with our landscape, our wildlife, and our friends, our families and ourselves.

“Discover National Parks is also about highlighting why the UK National Parks are globally distinctive, and why we need everyone to help us care for them. Unlike many National Parks around the world, ours are living landscapes, full of natural and human life – with many villages, towns and even cities within the National Parks. We do not have gates or entry fees, people live and work here. This means that we are working models for a sustainable future, that other parts of the UK and the world can learn from.”

Join in with #NationalParksFortnight2019 and #DiscoverNationalParks throughout the year.

ENDS

Notes to Editors

  • Photos available on request
  • A list of more than 70 supporting event and activities across the fifteen National Parks will be live from 4pm on Friday 5th from this webpages nationalparks.uk/discover

About UK National Parks

  • There are 15 National Parks in the UK, spanning the length and breadth of the country. 10 in England, three in Wales and two in Scotland. National Parks protect almost 10 percent of England, 20 percent of Wales and 8 percent of Scotland.
  • The oldest National Park is the Peak District, founded in 1951 because of its impressive gritstone edges, steep limestone dales, moorland, farmland (which covers about 90% of the park) and caverns famed for rare Blue John stone.
  • The South Downs is the newest National Park, established in 2010 for its hundreds of square kilometres of woodland, bustling market towns, rolling chalk uplands and river valleys.
  • The Lake District National Park, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is part of a special family of iconic places across the planet, such as the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, Easter Island and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the only National Park to be designated primarily for its coastline, the whole of which can be walked via the 299-kilometre Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
  • The Broads is the smallest National Park at around 305 square kilometres, with almost 200 kilometres of navigable, meandering waterways to explore.
  • The largest National Park in the UK is the Cairngorms. At 4,528 square kilometres, it’s bigger than the whole of Luxembourg.
  • https://nationalparks.uk/

For more information contact Ioan Gwilym, Communications Officer – Corporate Services on 01766 770 274, or email ioan.gwilym@eryri.llyw.cymru