Natural England has announced proposals for new protected areas across England. The designation process is likely to take several years and will include local stakeholders at every step. In addition, Natural England will examine if more areas could benefit from landscape improvements.
Four areas are being considered for designation:
The four areas with greater protections, have the potential to deliver over 40% of the additional 4,000km2 required to meet the Prime Minister’s commitment to protect 30% of our land by 2030 for nature.
The areas will also help deliver on the Government’s commitment to safeguard more of England’s beautiful and iconic landscapes for future generations as outlined in its 10 Point Plan for a Green Revolution.
The announcement also takes forward the recommendations of the major independent review – led by writer Julian Glover – into our protected landscapes.
The Review set out proposals for more beautiful, biodiverse and accessible National Parks and AONBs. The report highlighted that pressures such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and a changing, urban society require new approaches to ensure that we get the most out of England’s most-loved landscapes.
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