To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total amount is of resources being invested in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 2021-2022 for the purposes of (a) nature recovery and (b) improving access and engagement opportunities and removing barriers to access for all parts of society.
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.