What is a National Park Authority?

National Park Authority is a special term used in the United Kingdom for legal bodies charged with maintaining a National Park. The powers and duties of all such authorities are similar, but their work varies depending on where they are situated.

The Association of National Park Authorities (ANPA) is the body that exists to provide the National Park Authorities of England, Wales and Scotland a focus for collaborative working and the sharing of best practice across the parks, training of national park authority members, and attempts to increase public understanding of the statutory purposes for which National Parks exist in the UK, and promotes them as models for sustainable development, using the brand ‘National Parks – Britain’s breathing spaces’.

As of December 2016 there are ten in England, three in Wales and two in Scotland.

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