National Parks England has published a set of new joint ambitions to create four interconnected delivery plans, which address how they will tackle new challenges and changing priorities over the next 10 years.
The combination of the Covid-19 pandemic, Government announcements of the Green Industrial revolution, and the climate emergency, have all highlighted the important role national parks have for the nation.
The delivery plans set out how the parks will protect and enhance the natural environment, how they will become leaders in tackling the climate emergency, how they will support thriving communities where sustainable farming and land management deliver a wide range of public goods, and set out their vision to support the health and wellbeing of the whole nation.
Northumberland National Park chief executive, Tony Gates said: “We are proud to join our fellow national parks in England in setting out our collective ambition through these plans.
"The landscape, nature, and communities of Northumberland National Park embody every aspect of what a national park should be, and we believe the delivery plans show our dedication to a green and inclusive recovery for everyone.
“The new delivery plans will build upon ambitious national park projects such as The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre and the peatland restoration undertaken on the summit of the Cheviot.
"Working with our partners, we are already developing new projects which will engage more and different people through our education and outreach programmes and we are prioritising projects which will improve the natural environment and help to address climate change.”