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Stephen Fry backs new National Parks campaign

Just Regional
Jun 24, 2013 3 mins read

Celebrity Norfolk resident Stephen Fry is lending his full support to a campaign to promote the importance of the national parks family, of which the Broads is a member.  Stephen has taken to Twitter to show his backing of the Love Your National Parks celebration, launched this week.

The television star, actor and Norfolk ambassador tweeted: “Hugely valuable but cost us each <£1 a year, celebrate Love Your National Parks” and included the campaign’s hashtag #lovenationalparks and the link to the campaign website.

The Broads is a member of the National Parks family which is behind the high-profile campaign to increase people’s understanding of what the parks have to offer, culturally and economically. It is the third time this week that Stephen has endorsed links to his home county.

The England-wide celebration was launched by Defra Minister Richard Benyon during his visit to Northumberland National Park this week.

He said: “Our national parks are some of the most treasured places across the country with ninety million visitors every year.  National parks play a key role in rural economic growth, as they are home to thousands of businesses and provide benefits to local communities. I fully support this great campaign and hope it encourages people to visit, enjoy and love our national parks.”

Chair of National Parks England and Exmoor National Park Authority, John Dyke said: “England’s National Parks are known for being superb landscapes, rich in heritage and wildlife, but they are also valuable generators of wealth and economic activity.  In these difficult economic times it is important that we do what we can to enhance the contribution they can make based on their very special qualities.  Love Your National Parks provides an opportunity for people and organisations to do just that by celebrating the wonderful opportunities they provide.”

The celebration will involve a range of events in England’s ten National Parks.

From 29 July to 4 August National Parks Week will be a celebration of all the wonderful activities that people can take part in our beautiful landscapes embraced in the theme, ‘Actively Yours.’ See full details at: www.nationalparks.gov.uk

The celebration highlights:

  • 90% of English people say National Parks are important to them;
  • 96% of English people say they want every child to experience a National Park first hand;
  • A third of all spending on rural tourism in England comes from National Parks and their neighbouring towns and villages; and
  • This expenditure is estimated to support some 68,000 full time equivalent jobs.
  • More than 90 million people visit the English National Parks each year,  spending at least £4bn,
  • Public spending on National Parks is less than £1 per person.

A new report published by National Parks England shows the importance of National Parks not just as iconic landscapes and part of our national identity, but as thriving rural economies contributing to national prosperity and wellbeing through their special qualities.

The initiative is led by National Parks England with support from Defra and a range of partners. More information on the celebration is at: www.nationalparksengland.org.uk

For further information contact: Hilary Franzen, Press Officer, on 01603 610734; mob: 07775 563030; email: hilary.franzen@broads-authority.gov.uk

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