According to a new report, England’s national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty contribute more than £20 billion each year to the UK economy. The 2015 report called ‘So much more than the view…’, published by National Parks England, highlights the wide range of benefits England’s national parks and AONBs provide.
It revealed that more than 260 million people visit the locations every year, who spend in excessive of £6 billion, which helps support thousands of rural businesses and over 120,000 jobs. One interesting revelation is that Windermere cruises attract 1.4 million visitors to the Lake District alone.
The publication stresses the importance of volunteers, who keep our national parks and AONBs in top condition and accessible to all. It points out that volunteers contribute over 500,000 work days worth over £40 million each year to conserve the landscape and improve access.
The new publication also highlights the work that national park authorities and AONBs undertake with local people and businesses, it states: “They work to maintain thriving, living landscapes, where natural assets are conserved and enhanced and where people, businesses and communities can prosper, now and in the future.”
To read or download the full report, please click here.