National Parks - 70 years on: 'if you make it about the people, you protect the place'
This year’s National Park Week (17-25 April) coincides with another special date - the 70th anniversary since the first National Park, Peak District National Park, was created in the UK on 17 April 1951. It paved the way for the creation of the 15 National Parks here today.
The past year of lockdowns and social distancing has seen a huge rise in first-time visitors to National Parks, or those who maybe visited once as a kid and are now returning. People have different motivations and ambitions when visiting National Parks and the National Park Authorities are facing the same challenge – how to engage with and retain these new audiences.