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National Parks Essay

  • Submitted by: bijal12
  • on March 1, 2011
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 1,220 words

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National parks are vast, mysterious, and largely unexplored. A national park is an attractive area which is managed for tourists to enjoy and for the benefit of local people. Many contain rare species such as red squirrels, wild ponies, orchids and ospreys. People go to national parks to view the beautiful scenery and to enjoy the countryside. Some may go to view wildlife. Some may work at a national park or in the farms, villages or towns nearby. Altogether in the whole of the United Kingdom there are 14 national parks in total. England has 9 national parks which cover 7% of the land area; Wales has 3 national parks which cover 20% of the land area and there are 2 national parks in Scotland which covers 7.3% of the land area. The national parks in England are Dartmoor, Exmoor, The Lake District, The New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, The Peak District, The Yorkshire Dales and The Broads. The three in Scotland are The Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast and Snowdonia. The two in Wales are Cairngorms and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.
              The use of resources in this country’s national parks has been an issue in politics. National parks are still argued about today. Some feel that national parks are excessively large and that their size should be reduced so as to use them for their natural resources. Though many feel we should leave the parks as they are. These strong opinions held by the public keep national parks a hot topic in politics.
              In the late 19th century James Bryce a MP started a campaign for public access to the countryside by introducing the first freedom to roam bill to parliament in 1884. The bill failed but the campaign, which was to last for over 100 years, had begun. Then in the early 20th century the public demanded access to the countryside. A 1931 government inquiry recommended the creation of a ‘National Park Authority’ to select areas designation as National Parks. However, no actions were taken. In 1949...

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