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Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks: Reviews

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 151049, tabled on 31 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the total amount of resources needed to ensure effective delivery of the vision for protected landscapes set out in his Department’s response to the Landscapes Review.

Answered on

22 April 2022

We recognise that the scale of the ambition set out in our response must be matched by equivalent resources to ensure effective delivery, particularly in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).

We provide core funding for the protected landscapes, which for National Parks, AONBs, National Association of AONBs and Conservation Boards combined is: (a) £55,679,106 for 2021-22; (b) £56,585,136.00 for 2022-2023; and (c) £56,585,136.00 for 2023-24. During 2021-22, the Conservation Boards and 29 AONBs received an additional £940,000 in core grant funding.

We have increased the core grant for AONBs by nearly £1m (15%) for the next financial year. Additional investment is being provided through our Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, which is funding farmers in National Parks and AONBs to deliver projects that support climate, nature, people and place between July 2021 and March 2024. Approximately £11m of funding was provided through the programme in financial year 2021/22. The Government has also invested £27.8m to date in the England Coast Path, which will be the longest waymarked and maintained coastal walking route in the world, linking up the best existing coastal paths and creating new ones where there were none before.