Our response to the Glover Review
We warmly welcome the Glover Review. As nearly three quarters of our land lies within National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), we share the view that we should be doing all we can to help as many people as possible to access our amazing countryside. The National Trust fully supports the Review’s ambition to break down some of the barriers to access, so that people from all walks of life feel welcome and experience the joy of our natural world.
Our National Parks and AONBs represent some of our most treasured landscapes and provide opportunities for people to explore places of great beauty and significance. We are pleased to see the creation of the National Landscape Service, which could help to end the current fragmented system of landscape protection. We believe the Service will help to strengthen and support National Parks and AONBs in safeguarding their special features for generations to come. But it’ll be important to build on the work of existing organisations like Natural England and the National Parks, rather than simply starting from scratch.
We’re also pleased to see Julian’s emphasis on AONBs as part of our "National Landscapes". They can be overlooked when attention is focused on the better-known National Parks like the Lake District, but they’re just as valuable in landscape terms and it’s just as important to protect and enhance them. We welcome the recommendations of this report which would give greater strength and parity to AONBs in looking after these landscapes for the benefit of everyone
The National Trust would like to see our protected landscapes deliver more for nature with a stronger focus on the environment, it is great to see that this has been recognised and we are keen to work with National Parks to help them lead the way.