Supporting National Parks

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A CAMPAIGN to extend two national parks has been backed by Fylde’s MP.

Mark Menzies has written to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to urge support for the proposals following a well-supported lobbying effort by constituents.

Natural England want to extend the boundaries of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks under powers of Designated Variation Orders.

They believe this would help further protect some of the most beautiful areas in Britain.

Mr Menzies said: “I see this as a very positive step both in terms of protecting our natural environment and also the wildlife which lives there.

“There is a consultation open until March 16 and I would urge those who support this proposal to make their views known.”

Natural England has proposed that land between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks be included in the parks.

Specifically, the proposal calls for a change of the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park “to the north, to include parts of the Orton Fells, the northern Howgill Fells, Wild Boar Fell and Mallerstang; and to the west, to include Barbon, Middleton, Casterton and Leck Fells, the River Lune and, part of Firbank Fell and other fells to the west of the river.”

In the Lake District, the proposal would extend the park’s boundaries “to the east, to include an area from Birkbeck Fells Common to Whinfell Common; and to the south to include an area from Helsington Barrows to Sizergh Fell, and part of the Lyth Valley, including the small new addition of land North of Sizergh Castle.”

For more information on the proposals by Natural England visit http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/designatedareas/new/northwestdesignationproject/consultation.aspx

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