The following summarises the case for the Dorset & East Devon National Park. “Dorset and E Devon is the outstanding candidate for National Park status” This view is widely supported and is based on: The outstanding quality of the environment and landscape which embraces the UNESCO World Heritage “Jurassic” Coast - the only World Heritage designation for the natural environment in England (that for the Lake District relates to local culture); Dorset contains much of what is le
The proposed Dorset National Park is the most significant business opportunity to present itself to Dorset in a generation. It would provide a boost for our tourism industry all year round, help spread the benefits across Dorset and help manage existing tourism pressures. THIS SHORT NOTE summarises some of the evidence. Abbotsbury Village, Dorset. #wildlife #dorset #nationalpark #economy #environment #news
In this month's Dorset Life, the editor writes a stirring piece on "Why we need a Dorset National Park and need it soon". See www.dorsetlife.co.uk for more details. #newsletter #news #magazine #dorset #nationalpark
A Dorset National Park will be a strategic asset and partner for the Dorset Council, communities and business. It will promote a thriving and successful, living, working rural Dorset. National Parks are a proven and successful business model for a rural economy where sustainable growth is linked to caring for our greatest economic asset - our environment and natural capital. The Government in its 25 Year Environment Plan (YEP) notes the achievements of National Parks in suppo
See the new and updated introductory leaflet about the National Park proposal HERE. If you would like copies, for example, to circulate to local councillors and societies, please let us know and we’ll get them to you. If your local council or society would like a talk about the National Park proposal, please let us know.
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This will be an important year as we look forward to Natural England's next evaluation of the proposal, submitted in 2013, for a National Park, covering the Dorset and East Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and what remains of Thomas Hardy's Egdon Heath.
Do please help spread the word about the great opportunities a national park offers to our communities and businesses (including farmers, landowners and all those in the tourism sector) as well as conserving
The Dorset National Park Team welcomes the government's commitment to "Conserve and enhance the natural beauty of our landscapes by reviewing National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) for the 21st century, including assessing whether more may be needed." Dorset's case for National Park designation is strong and amply demonstrated, as evidence and studies on this website show. We look forward to Natural England's further assessment of the proposal later th
Happy New Year from the Dorset National Park team.
We hope you enjoy this video, will share it with others and use it to help promote our great county. 2018 will be an important year for the future of the Dorset National Park as we look forward to Natural England’s next evaluation. If you can help us, this is the year to further spread the word and persuade others about the great opportunities a National Park can offer Dorset’s communities and economy, businesses including
The Secretary of State has said that he is minded to approve proposals for a move to 2 unitary authorities: one for the conurbation and one for Shire Dorset. Any reduction from 9 councils to 2 aims to improve efficiency, save costs, reduce staff and councillors and free up assets so as to improve the financial position and provision of services across Shire Dorset. The proposed Dorset National Park would be an asset and an efficient, close partner to the Unitary and help deli
The Pressures on Rural Dorset For many decades Sir David Attenborough has stated his concerns about the effects of population growth on our planet. In his view, there is no major problem facing our planet that would not be easier to solve if there were fewer people; and no problem that does not become harder with ever more people (1). In the September issue of the Dorset Wildlife Trust's e-newsletter, its Chief Executive, Simon Cripps, repeats this concern: "Too many people o
The number of communities and societies expressing their interest in the Dorset National Park proposal continues to grow. We all look forward to Natural England undertaking their next assessment in 2018. Resolutions and messages recently received by the National Park Team include the following: Char Valley Group PC (comprising the parishes of Whitchurch Canonicorum, Wootton Fitzpaine and Stanton St Gabriel)
At their June Council meeting, Char Valley Parish Council agreed to
At a full Council meeting on Tuesday 8th August, Purbeck District Councillors voted unanimously to support a recommendation that “Council notes with interest the Dorset National Park proposal and the opportunities this could offer to keep Purbeck special; keeps the proposals under review; and looks forward to Natural England undertaking the next stage of its evaluation in 2018." The vote followed a detailed appraisal of the proposals by a policy development panel of Councillo
The momentum grows for a Dorset National Park as more societies and communities express their interest in and support for the proposal.
Recent, messages of support to the National Park Team include the following:
The Thomas Hardy Society:
"The Thomas Hardy Society is fully supportive of the Dorset National Park proposal and looks forward to Natural England’s further assessment."
The Marine Conservation Society:
"The Dorset Coast is rich in biodiversity, and is just as