Trust backs calls for English National Parks extension

Public Inquiry underway to consider proposals to extend Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

With a Public Inquiry now underway to consider the proposals to extend the boundaries of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, the Trust backed calls for the National Parks to be extended.

We had already submitted a petition to the House of Commons in December 2012 calling for the UK Government to extend National Park boundaries, or put in place new National Parks or Areas Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to ensure improved environmental protection for the best areas of wild land.

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson responded positively to the petition at the time, saying: “The Government recognises the importance of protecting our finest landscapes and the health and well-being benefits that access to the natural environment can bring.”

Stuart Brooks, Chief Executive of the John Muir Trust, said "We stand fully behind the Campaign for National Parks and the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England in their efforts to get the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks extended.

“In response to our petition the Government sent a strong message that it values wild places and the numerous benefits they bring. Approval of these extensions would demonstrate that the Government is seriously committed to protecting the UK's unique and precious landscapes.”

Update: inquiry now closed

The Lakes to Dales public inquiry to consider the extensions to the Lakes and Dales National Parks closed on 12 June and the outcome is now awaited. Read more here.