Plans announced for celebration of National Parks

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 23 February 2005

23 February 2005

Plans announced for celebration of National Parks

The Peak District will be joining other National Parks around the country for a week of celebration events and activities during July.

From 22nd to 29th July the Association of National Park Authorities (ANPA) will be co-ordinating National Parks Week 2005. The week is dedicated to raising public awareness of the UK's thirteen National Parks, and this year's theme is 'Access and Outreach'.

Amongst other topics, the campaign will be looking at the reasons why people do - and don't - visit our National Parks, and will be promoting the wide range of opportunities they offer for enjoyment by people from all walks of life.

National Parks are large areas of land in England, Wales and Scotland, designated from 1949 onwards in order to protect beautiful areas for the benefit of the nation. They contain many of the UK's most breathtaking landscapes. They are an important part of the nation's heritage, intended for everybody to enjoy and safeguarded for future generations.

Prime Minister Tony Blair is one of a number of famous names supporting the campaign:

"I am very supportive of National Parks Week. I wish it every success and hope in particular that it will bring the National Parks to the attention of all sectors of society.

"I am very aware of the benefits they bring, in conserving the country's finest landscapes, in conserving cultural and natural heritage, in providing opportunities for recreation, and in improving the physical and mental well-being of the nation. I would like as many people as possible to realise what the Parks have to offer.

"This is role the National Parks have performed consistently for over fifty years and I look to them to continue their important contribution for the future."

With many events taking place throughout the National Parks in England, Wales and Scotland, be sure to put National Parks Week into your diary.

Activities and events in the Peak District will range from guided walks to open days - watch this space for more details.

This is an archived press release

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