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Shaping the Future Of The North York Moors

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8:09am 25th September 2013

A major conference is taking place in Easingwold which will outline the vision for the North York Moors and other National Parks.

The UK’s 15 National Parks will meet today in the North York Moors for an historic meeting to reaffirm the importance of landscape as an issue in the modern scientific world.

Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for the Environment, will open the conference, addressing National Park delegates and meeting business people and National Park apprentices during his stay in the North York Moors.

Over 100 delegates from across the UK will visit iconic places in the North York Moors and consider their significance to the landscape of the National Park.

A key part of the conference will be to encourage delegates to take steps to protect, change and enhance Britain’s finest landscapes.

They will issue a declaration at the end of the conference, on Friday 27 September, which will shape tomorrow’s thinking on landscape and its place in the national psyche.

Jim Bailey, Chair of National Parks England and the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: “Our National Parks have come of age, with 60 years of experience under our belts. Over time we have learned to harvest the wonders, enjoy the productivity and plan for the needs of future generations.  It’s only now, as a nation, that we are recognising the full value and reaping the benefits of our beautiful National Parks.”

Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for the Environment said: “National Parks play a crucial role in conserving some of our most beautiful landscapes. They also bring significant economic benefits to the country through a healthy rural economy. England’s National Parks contribute more than £6bn to the economy every year, which is the same as the aerospace industry.  Working together, we can ensure that they continue to attract visitors from around the globe now and in the future.”

Andy Wilson, Chief Executive of the North York Moors National Park, organisers of the conference said: “Whereas National Parks elsewhere preserve supposed wildernesses, many having displaced indigenous peoples in an attempt to free the land of human influences, Britain’s National Parks have led the way in showing how vibrant lived-in landscapes can be both protected and evolving, with active communities being economically and socially successful.

The conference will be addressed by Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for the Environment, Dr Emyr Roberts, Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales, Graeme Dickson for the Scottish Government, local MP and Chair of Efra Select Committee, Anne McIntosh, former President of the CLAB, Sir William Worsley and landscape professionals Prof Carys Swanwick and Julie Martin MRTPI, MEEM, MLI.

The Secretary of State will be meeting National Park Apprentices, past and present,  local people including businessman Tim Wilson of Ginger Pig, Levisham, John Fletcher of Great Ayton Parish Council regarding ‘slowing the flow’ of the River Leven, David Kerfoot MBE and James Farrar of the North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership, Jamie Saville and John Richardson of the Mexborough Estate and Sophie and Aimee Carter of Sutton Bank Bikes and Pace Cycles.

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