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Definition: National Parks

”The [National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949] shall have effect for the purpose -

(a) of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of [National Parks]; and

(b) of promoting opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of those areas by the public

The said areas are those extensive tracts of country in England . . . as to which it appears to [Natural England] that by reason ofβ€”

(a) their natural beauty, and

(b) the opportunities they afford for open-air recreation, having regard both to their character and to their position in relation to centres of population,

It is especially desirable that the necessary measures shall be taken for the [above] purposes...

[These] areas, as for the time being designated by order made by and submitted to and confirmed by the Minister, shall be as known as, and are hereinafter referred to as, National Parks.”

s5 The National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949

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