Natural England chair backs US-style national parks service

Tony Juniper, chair of Natural England, has said he supports the idea of a “massive” expansion of park rangers, having in effect a national parks service comparable to the US.

Juniper was talking on the BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme this morning, on the 70th anniversary of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act.

He said: “A lot of things have changed since 1949. There is the whole massive issue of climate change and the fact that these places not only help us to store carbon but many of our national parks with their particular ecosystems of blanket bog are holding and purifying water.

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