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National Park Management Plan

Peak District millstones on hillside near Stanage

Foreword by Dianne Jeffrey, Chair of the Peak District National Park Management Plan Advisory Group

The Peak District National Park plays a special role well beyond its borders. It is of international, national, regional, and local importance. As well as providing a breathing space and opportunities for learning, discovery and enjoyment for millions of people, the designation of National Parks is because of their spectacular landscapes, wildlife and cultural heritage - the ‘special qualities’ that make them so important.

The management plan is a framework that aims to encourage everyone to work together to conserve and enhance the special qualities for the benefit of all. It is not a plan for an individual organisation or group but a plan for the place. It is, therefore, a partnership plan. It describes for everyone what the main issues and priorities are. It then sets out how, together, we are going to tackle those issues over the next five years.

One of the great successes of the previous management plan was that it brought together a diverse range of stakeholders who delivered some amazing work. These included restoring thousands of hectares of important habitat, introducing new audiences to the Peak District National Park, helping local communities to deliver essential services and assisting businesses to grow sustainably.

During this management plan period fresh challenges have emerged through the nation’s pending departure from the European Union alongside developing ideas in how we should manage protected landscapes. This has created a remarkable opportunity for us to shape the Peak District National Park in a fresh and innovative way whilst ensuring its special qualities are enhanced for the benefit of all.

This plan has been moulded by the views of delivery partners and a wide range of individuals who engage with the Peak District National Park as part of their daily lives. The result is a document which best reflects their collective aspirations, but this is not the end of the process. We hope to maintain the commitment to implementing the plan throughout its five year life. The delivery plan is only a starting point and will be reviewed throughout the lifetime of the management plan. This will enable us to react to the consequences of our actions and respond to developments as they occur.

I firmly believe that together we can achieve even more for Britain's original National Park.


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