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Welcome for Government pledge to help deliver new Parks

South Downs National Park Authority has welcomed the Government’s pledge to boost Britain’s access to nature ahead of COP28.

Trevor Beattie, Chief Executive of the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “We welcome today’s (29 November) pledge by the Government to match their ambitions for nature with new, adequate resources. An investment in National Parks and Protected Landscapes is a great first step to delivering on the Government’s plans for nature.

“As the UK’s newest National Park, we know that a new Park, adequately funded, is great news for nature and people. We stand ready to use our experience to mentor and provide support.”

In a statement, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs said that helping more people access our natural heritage, and putting nature at the forefront of government efforts to tackle climate change, was at the heart of its new measures. These include launching a search for a new National Park, 34 new landscape recovery projects, new forests and funding to help more children get outdoors and into the great British countryside.

Trevor Beattie, Chief Executive of the South Downs National Park Authority
Trevor Beattie, Chief Executive of the South Downs National Park Authority

Beattie continued: “We have been working hard together as a protected landscape family to help achieve net zero and, in the South Downs National Park, we have been investing in supporting communities to cut emissions, and trial new sustainable and nature-based solutions.

“Over the last two years alone the SDNPA has enabled more than 12,000 schoolchildren to be able to connect with nature and the great outdoors through our Outdoor Learning Grant, shared the wonder of our dark night skies with more than 600,000 people, and created new accessible routes and opportunities so that everyone to experience the National Park.

“We look forward to working with Defra on the details of what today’s announcement means to furthering the South Downs National Park’s innovative and ambitious work for nature, climate and people,” he added.

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