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‘A better place for nature’ – Glover Review submission

Bainbridge, 18 December, 2018

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has called for a ‘more ambitious agenda for wildlife and biodiversity’ and a ‘radical new approach to agri-environment schemes’ in its submission to the Government’s review of National Parks led by Julian Glover.

The Authority agreed its response at a full meeting of Members today, in advance of tonight’s deadline for submissions. It has argued that National Parks should be ‘better places for nature’.

“The sad truth,” the Authority says, “is that it is possible to stand in many parts of our Designated Areas and be unable to spot any discernible difference in biodiversity compared with non-designated countryside.

“More than any other places in the country, National Parks should be bigger and better places for nature. The quality of biodiversity and wildlife should be exemplary.”

The submission calls for National Park Authorities to be given a key role in shaping post-Brexit farm payment schemes.

“In the case of the Yorkshire Dales, farmers and landowners play a significant and central role in maintaining the National Park,” the Authority says.  “The Yorkshire Dales NPA has a close working relationship with farmers and land managers… We believe that National Park Authorities should be involved in the direction, co-design and delivery of the new environmental land management system.”

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