What's in a landscape?

A valley with a stone bridge over a stream and a path running away 

As a new review of protected landscapes is launched in England, the government is asking what makes our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) special to you.

Nearly 70 years have passed since National Parks and AONBs were first created. This independent review will now ensure these special landscapes are fit for the future - exploring how access can be improved, and how the people who live and work in them can be better supported. The review will also look at how protected landscapes can boost wildlife, support natural habitats and connect people with nature.

As part of the review, the government want to know what makes these landscapes special to you.

This is your chance to share what these beloved landscapes mean, and what it is that makes them so special. This could be a place or a person, wildlife or plants, a view, your favourite walk, a family holiday or your favourite memories.

Get involved

Get involved by sending your answer to the question ‘What makes National Parks and AONBs special to you?’ to policy@ramblers.org.uk. This could be some short text, a picture or even a short video. We’ll share your responses with the review as part of our official response, and will share the best responses on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

 

The landscape review

In its 25 Year Plan for the Environment, the government promised a review of England’s protected landscapes. An independent review was launched in the summer and it will present its findings next year, in time for the 70th anniversary of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act – the Act that created the National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We’re supporting this review as much as we can and raising the issues that matter to walkers. Over the past few months we’ve met with Julian Glover, who is leading the review, to discuss the issues affecting National Parks and AONBs, and we’ve made suggestions for some of the places the panel could include in their visits to the protected landscapes. Recently, the review team has launched their call for written evidence and we’ll be submitting a response on behalf of the Ramblers.

The review panel would also like to hear from individuals, so if you’d like to respond to the full questionnaire, please visit Defra Landscapes Review: Call for Evidence. We’d love to hear your views as well so please send a copy of your response to policy@ramblers.org.uk.