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Who we are

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There are 15 national parks in the UK and each one is looked after by its own National Park Authority. We work together as National Parks UK (formerly known as the Association of National Park Authorities or ANPA).

The Peak District National Park Authority is responsible for the management of the Peak District National Park.

Our history

The history of the Peak District National Park is closely tied to the history of all Britain's national parks. The Peak District National Park was designated a national park in 1951, making it the UK's first, but the story of Britain's national parks started in the 1880s with the first attempt to introduce a freedom to roam.

Find out more about our history as a national park.

Our purposes

The Peak District National Park Authority has been given the task of looking after the national park and it does so to an agenda set out by central government. It works in partnership with other organisations and individuals to deliver the two statutory purposes and duty.

Find out more about our purposes and duty.

Members

There are 30 members of the National Park Authority. Our members come from a range of backgrounds and offer a wealth of knowledge and experience. What they all share is a passion for the national park.

Find out more about the Authority's members.

Staff

The Peak District National Park Authority is a public body made up of two groups of people: members and staff. Staff are sometimes called officers. Approximately 280 staff work for the Peak District National Park Authority.

We employ people who are specialists in ecology, archaeology, property, planning and rangers. We also employ specialist support staff who provide the core infrastructure including finance, IT, communications and human resources.

Find out more about the Authority's staff.

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