At a time when the organisations protecting some of UK’s most precious and cherished landscapes face ongoing budget cuts, National Parks England has cooperated with the National Association for AONBs to make a report detailing the value of these areas to the British economy.
260 million people visit England’s AONBs and National Parks every year, which is more than 40 times the annual number of visitors to the British Museum.
66% of people in England live within half an hour’s travel of a National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
50% of England’s most important wildlife sites are in AONBs and National Parks.
AONB and National Park volunteers put in over half a million work days a year, worth £40 million, with the aim to preserve the landscape and improve access..
Visitors to AONBs and National Parks contribute about £20 billion annually to the national economy, which is approximately the equivalent of Birmingham.
Visitors spend over £6 billion in AONBs and National Parks, supporting more than 85,000 businesses.
Public spending on AONBs and National Parks is less than £1 per person a year.