Dorset National Park – Summer 2021 Newsletter
Dorset National Park Proposal to be Considered Later this Year On June 24th both the Government and Natural England issued statements on how they intend to take forward proposals to improve England’s protected landscapes. The Dorset National Park Team note the immediate priorities Natural England has established to meet the Government’s aim that 30% of the country should be protected and improved for nature by 2030.
The Team also note the Government’s manifesto commitment to create new National Parks and that this commitment was repeated by the Prime Minister in November 2020 when launching the Government’s 10 Point Plan for a green economic recovery. The proposal that a Dorset National Park should cover as much of rural Dorset as meets Natural England’s designation criterion would help the Government meet its 30 x 30 objective.
The Team will continue to work with Natural England to help the Government deliver its commitment and has accepted an invitation from Natural England to be involved in the further assessment of the Dorset proposal which has been shortlisted for further evaluation later this year. A Dorset National Park would help achieve the Government’s strategic priorities: a thriving, greener economic future, nature recovery and community health and well-being, as well as addressing the climate and ecological emergencies. The National Park Team look forward to working with Natural England and with Councils, communities and other stakeholders in a joint approach to achieve these national commitments and priorities. Like our Facebook page and sign up for email newsletters on the websitewww.dorsetnationalpark.com
In his 1945 official report, John Dower recommended the establishment of National Parks in England and Wales. A Dorset National Park was on that original list and remains unfinished business. The report of the Glover Review in 2019 recognised this strong case and recommended that Dorset and East Devon be seriously evaluated for National Park status. John Dower set out a vision in 1945. Today his son, Michael Dower, is a Patron of the proposed Dorset & East Devon National Park which can fulfil that earlier vision and benefit the environment, economy and communities of this very special area as well as the health and well-being of all who live and work in or visit the area.
It’s time for Dorset’s National Park
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