Designated landscapes review

Walkers enjoy the stunning views of Wasdale, Lake District National Park

Nearly 70 years after their creation, the Government is reviewing National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in England. The aim is to ensure that these designated landscapes are achieving the purposes for which they were created and are up to the challenges of the 21st century.

Forty-five per cent of the land we care for lies within National Parks and twenty-seven per cent lies within AONBs. Home to 2.3 million people and visited by more than 260 million people every year, we know how important these natural and cultural spaces are to the people that enjoy them.

We want to make sure that England’s most cherished landscapes remain special for everyone who lives, works in or visits them.

We have engaged with the Government's Landscapes Review and submitted a response.

Our response to the Government’s review

There are many challenges facing designated landscapes, and variation in approach and practice across different areas. It is important that they are working with and properly supported by local and national government to achieve their aims and priorities, and that they have the needs of the nation in mind.

We’d like to see:

  • A clear vision for how designated landscapes can deliver for nature and help deliver the 25 Year Environment Plan.
  • AONBs strengthened and granted greater independence and influence to protect and manage their landscapes.
  • A clearer focus on how our landscapes can benefit everyone. People living in towns and cities should have opportunities to access and enjoy these places, and benefit from the opportunities for connecting with nature and experiencing the shared cultural heritage that they offer.
  • Clearer expectations about how National Parks and AONBs should be engaging with some of the most pressing concerns of the 21st Century, such as climate change, public health, and wellbeing.