Funding award helps Northumberland National Park make plans for expected influx of visitors

More rangers and volunteers will be on patrol in Northumberland National Park thanks to a funding boost.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 7:00 am

Northumberland National Park Authority has been awarded £132,800 from the Culture Recovery Fund to provide additional visitor management resources.

Visitor numbers are expected to increase as Covid-19 restrictions are eased through the spring and summer, as they did last year.

The funding will also help ensure all facilities are cleaned regularly, the installation of additional car park matting to manage excess traffic at key sites, support new and different audiences to access the National Park, develop heritage trails and new on-site interpretation and produce a campaign to help welcome new visitors to the Park.

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Hareshaw Linn waterfall near Bellingham.

Rosie Thomas, director at Northumberland National Park Authority said: “We are extremely grateful for the recent funding; it will help us provide a better visitor experience and better manage the strain on key sites.

"We were amazed at how many new and different people came to the park last summer, many of which have never been here before. This funding will help us manage our resources, ensuring everyone can enjoy the unique qualities of our landscape safely.

“We know that nature and outdoor exercise has been important for people’s wellbeing in the last year, and we are committed to ensuring that people and nature can recover together as we come out of the latest lockdown.”

Northumberland National Park is one of 2,700 recipients of the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund which was set up to help cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites, and other cultural organisations deal with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

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