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Our purposes

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The Peak District National Park Authority administers the Peak District National Park. 

The law requires us to:

  • conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage
  • promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of national parks by the public

If there’s a conflict between these two purposes, conservation takes priority.

In carrying out these aims, we are also required to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the national park.

We are an independent body funded by central government, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). You can find out more about national parks on the Defra website.

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