National Parks: Disadvantaged

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 7th February 2019.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of visitors to national parks from deprived areas.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government has commissioned a 21st Century Review of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), led by Julian Glover, supported by an experienced advisory group. Among its objectives the Review will examine the role of National Parks and AONBs in connecting people from all sections of society with the natural environment. The Review builds on the existing Eight-Point Plan for England’s National Parks 2016-2020, which sets out plans to encourage more visitors to National Parks. The Government has also announced £10 million funding for the Children and Nature Programme which aims to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds to have better access to the natural environment.

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