National Park definition

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What does National Park mean?

An area of land designated in England, Scotland and Wales at a national level. The aims and purposes of National Parks are laid out in the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, and are to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage and to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities by the public and to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the National Parks. In Scotland, there are additional aims and purposes concerning the promotion of the sustainable use of the natural resources of the area and to promote sustainable economic and social development of the area's communities. For the Broads, aims and purposes relating to navigation are included. When the aims and purposes conflict with each other, the Sandford Principle should be used to give more weight to conservation of the environment.

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