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AONBs and National Parks commit to closer working

Thursday 19 November 2015

The National Association for AONBs (NAAONB) and National Parks England (NPE) today signed an Accord which builds on and strengthens the significant joint working and collaboration that already exists at national and local level. 

The Accord celebrates the distinctiveness of our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks; acknowledging their differences; and recognises the strength that comes from a varied family.  Together AONBs and National Parks comprise our finest landscapes and share much in common. The AONB and National Park designations were established by an Act of Parliament in 1949 to protect the best countryside in England and Wales.

Through 9 focused, pragmatic and solutions-orientated statements, the Accord embodies our working together to ensure these special places remain viable and prosper for the benefit of all.

Rory Stewart MP, Under Secretary of State, Defra said,

“Our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks are vital to rural life. They protect and care for some of our most cherished landscapes. I am delighted that these two organisations will now be working even more closely together.”

Jim Bailey, Chairman, National Parks England said,

“Our National Parks and AONBs are recognised as being our finest landscapes, visited by millions of people every year and home to thriving communities.  People are passionate about these beautiful areas and care deeply about their future.  Our Accord demonstrates a clear commitment to work together.  As long term custodians of these wonderful places we aim to ensure they continue to inspire and remain special for future generations.“

Philip Hygate, Chairman, National Association for AONBs said,

“I am delighted we have this Accord. Together, as a Protected Landscape Family, we can make things happen; translating vision and national policy into local action. With this firm commitment to continue our joint work, we will be able to support and promote a sustainable rural community that conserves and enhances the natural environment for the benefit of society”.

Read the full Accord

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