Trust welcomes extensions to English National Parks

Boundaries of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks to be extended

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The John Muir Trust has welcomed the announcement by Elizabeth Truss, the UK Secretary of State for the Environment, that the boundaries of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks will be extended.

The decision, which comes into force next August, will mean an almost continuous area of national park stretching across 100 miles of the North of England. The Yorkshire Dales will be expanded by 24 per cent on its western edges, while the Lake District will be increased by four per cent on its eastern side.

Stuart Brooks, Chief Executive of the John Muir Trust, said: “We warmly this applaud this announcement, which sends out a strong message that our finest landscapes deserve the highest level of protection.

“We would also congratulate organisations such as the Friends of the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales Society, the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England and the Campaign for National Parks. They have campaigned long and hard for this decision, and today’s announcement vindicates their heroic efforts."

Douglas Chalmers, Director of Friends of the Lake District said: “This really is a momentous decision, and one that reflects the wishes of many people. And now the real work starts.

“Everyone has been saying that designating this land will bring additional economic, environmental and community benefits to the area, and we now have to make sure that this happens.”

In 2012, the John Muir Trust submitted a petition to the House of Commons calling for the UK Government to extend national park boundaries, or to put in place new National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (the equivalent in England of National Scenic Areas).