Visitors swap China for county

The Mayor of Dazhou, Mr He Jian, (fifth from left) pictured at Steel Rigg with Tony Gates, Chief Executive, Northumberland National Park Authority (third from right) and members of the Chinese delegation and national park staff
The Mayor of Dazhou, Mr He Jian, (fifth from left) pictured at Steel Rigg with Tony Gates, Chief Executive, Northumberland National Park Authority (third from right) and members of the Chinese delegation and national park staff

A TOP level delegation from The People’s Republic of China’s north east province of Sichuan visited Northumberland National Park last Friday.

The Mayor of Dazhou City, and a group of senior local government officials from Dazhou and Wanyuan cities and Xuanhan county met National Park Authority chairman, John Riddle, and chief executive, Tony Gates, and representatives of the Vindolanda Trust and Northumberland County Council, to discover how an important landscape and geological area and a World Heritage Site are protected and managed for tourism in England.

The Major of Dazhou has been granted consent to designate a new national park and was keen to find out how such areas are managed in the UK. Northumberland is the only national park the delegation is visiting.

Mr Riddle said: “It is an honour to welcome our counterparts from Sichuan to Northumberland National Park and Hadrian’s Wall, and found the exchange of views very valuable. The UK Association of National Parks has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the China Association of National Parks and Scenic Areas and in this context we are delighted to host this visit.”