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State of the Park report goes live online

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 17 July 2013

"The Peak District National Park landscape is worth £426million to the local economy.

"On an average August day, there are more visitors in the Peak District National Park than residents.

"There are 10 times more sheep living in the Peak District National Park than people."

Published online by the Peak District National Park Authority, these statistics and much more information are now available in the new State of the Park report www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/sopr

The website has been designed for residents researching Neighbourhood Plans, people setting up a new business, farmers needing agricultural data, for teachers and schoolchildren doing projects, university students, conservation and recreation groups, visitors, local politicians – in fact, anyone with an interest in the Peak District National Park.

The web-based report contains information on agriculture, business, climate change, deprivation, economy, employment, housing, industry, nature conservation, population, tourism, transport, recreation and more.

Geoff Nickolds, deputy chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: "The State of the Park report is an important source of information on what land in the national park is used for, how the national park is enjoyed and by whom, and it provides information on the economic and social wellbeing of local communities.

"Information like this can indicate key issues and pressures affecting the Peak District's communities or the national park's special qualities which makes it tremendously useful to many people."

It is structured around four themes of Landscape, Welcoming (tourism and recreation), Communities and Economy, to tie in with the National Park Management Plan www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/npmp

Mr Nickolds added: "The State of the Park report contains interactive tables, graphs, maps and data that show interesting elements about the national park, from broadband coverage to light pollution maps and much more.

"And, because it is online, the information can be more easily kept up-to-date which makes it more reliable and valuable for people to base decisions on."

For more information contact Amanda Nevett, Research and Policy Programme Manager, Peak District National Park Authority, 01629 816370 Amanda.Nevett@peakdistrict.gov.uk

This is an archived press release

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