AONB's and National Parks are economic powerhouses -Minister confirms

England’s most iconic landscapes  are a hidden economic powerhouse reveals a new report -


Far from being sleepy backwaters, England’s finest landscapes, National Parks and AONBs, contribute more than £20bn each year to our economy – similar to that of Birmingham.

Environment Minister Rory Stewart said:
“Our British landscapes are among the most beautiful and precious in the world. And such land remains central to the British imagination, to our souls and to our identity.
“We would miss such landscapes profoundly if they were gone. We have a deep obligation to protect this land, its farms and its communities. 

“This report also reminds us that safeguarding our countryside can also generate economic value, how our protected landscapes are increasingly rare in a rapidly developing world and just how precious they are to visitors and residents. However, while we celebrate the fact that they have also to potential to bring prosperity, we must never reduce such places simply to their economic value – they are so much more than that.” 

The publication ‘So much more than the view…’ also highlights the wide range of other benefits these iconic areas provide to society

See the publication at:

National Association for AONBs website


National Parks England website