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This Green & Pleasant Land

Ragged Heroes
Rise Up Like The Sun
Songs Of Hope
Tunes Of Glory
Half-Remembered Albion Hymns
A Country Scrap Book
This Green & Pleasant Land
This Albion Village
Another Albion Daughter
Literary Heritage
Will I See Thee More
Lost Empires
Everyday Films
Ampleforth/Lay Me Low
The Gresford Disaster
Fairport Un-Convention-al
Angel Delight
John "Babbacombe" Lee
Band Of Hope
Georgia On Our Minds
Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Musical Traditions
Adventures In The Tradition
Poor Old Horse
Son Of Morris On
The Transports
The Transports II
Ragged Links

 National Parks and ANOBs* Of England

Dartmoor National Park

The original seven National Parks of England were set up in the 1950s following an Act of Parliament in 1949. They were chosen as extensive areas of beautiful and relatively wild country and are regarded as our most outstanding and unspoilt landscapes.

The purposes of our National Parks are:

  • To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area

  • To promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the Parks special qualities by the public

These purposes relate to everyone concerned with such areas but the Government provides grants for special local authorities to pursue these purposes and coordinate work towards them. In doing so, these authorities must also seek to foster the social and economic well-being of the local communities.

Although all run separately, the National Parks are considered part of a family of protected areas. The Broads has similar status and plans are progressing to add the New Forest and South Downs to the family. There are many other types of protected area in Britain, including Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Nature Reserves, which were set up by the same Act of Parliament in 1949.

Internationally, our National Parks are known as a Group 5 protected area. In some countries National Parks have more wilderness, more public ownership, more strict control and have higher status. Our National Parks contain large areas of open country and semi-natural vegetation but they are much lived in and everywhere the scenery reflects the hand of man. They are largely privately owned and there are few rules and regulations to distinguish them from other parts of our countryside. They are known as National Parks not because they are nationally owned but because they are valued by the nation as recreation areas.

Areas Of Outstanding Natural Beauty*

The Lake District National Park

The New Forest Association

National Trails

first section is open,
The rest of the Trail,
from Derbyshire to Cumbria
will be open in 2004.

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