National Parks of the United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom has 14 national parks:
9 in England
3 in Wales

The United Kingdom has 14 national parks: 9 in England 3 in
2 in Scotland

National parks are managed areas of outstanding landscape where habitation and commercial activities are restricted

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Each park is operated by its own National Park Authority, with two

Each park is operated by its own National Park Authority, with two
"statutory purposes":
to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area
to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the park's special qualities by the public.

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The first national park in the Peak District in northern England was

The first national park in the Peak District in northern England was
established over 50 years ago.
The Lake District in Cumbria is in north-west England is the largest English National Park (2,292 square kilometers)

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Problems, created by tourism:
erosion
traffic congestion
damage and disturbance to wildlife
litter
conflicts over

Problems, created by tourism: erosion traffic congestion damage and disturbance to wildlife
the use of the parks' resources

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At the beginning of 2005, some 9.3% of the area of England

At the beginning of 2005, some 9.3% of the area of England
and Wales lay within national parks
The three national parks in Wales cover around 20% of its land area.

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Under the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000, national parks in Scotland have

Under the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000, national parks in Scotland have
four aims:
To conserve the natural and cultural heritage of the area
To promote sustainable use of the natural resources of the area
To promote understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the area by the public
To promote sustainable economic and social development of the area's communities

There are currently two national parks of Scotland:
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park (2002)
the Cairngorms National Park (2003)

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