MP welcomes plan to safeguard Exmoor for future generations

North Devon Gazette

North Devon MP Selaine Saxby has welcomed proposals to strengthen North Devon and Exmoor’s landscape.Â

Plans to boost nature recovery and safeguard England’s iconic national parks like Exmoor for future generations have been set out by Environment Secretary, George Eustice.Â

The Government has set out ambitious changes to increase access to nature and ensure protected landscapes can deliver more for climate, nature, people and places for the next 70 years and beyond, as we build back greener from the pandemic and level up all parts of the country.Â

A new National Landscapes Partnership will bring together those responsible for managing England’s National Parks and AONBs to collaborate, share knowledge and tackle common objectives, such as nature recovery and improved public access.Â

Commenting, Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon said: “We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the country. The North Devon constituency includes a third of Exmoor National Park, our vast coastal AONB and much of the UNESCO North Devon Biosphere Reserve. Â

“We must protect and enhance our natural environment, but we also want to be able to enjoy it, in person, now and for generations to come. Access to nature and protecting the visual backdrop of North Devon is a vital part our own wellbeing but also our tourism offer.”Â

Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “Our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are amongst our nation’s greatest and most cherished natural wonders. The comprehensive set of measures set out represents a new chapter in the story of our protected landscapes and we have worked closely with stakeholders to carefully form our response.”Â

Sarah Bryan, Chief Executive of Exmoor National Park Authority, added: “We share many of the aspirations set out in the Landscapes Review and welcome this opportunity to consult openly on its wide-ranging proposals.Â

“We look forward to reviewing the government’s consultation document together with our members and partners, and would urge anyone who cares about the future of Exmoor and our beautiful National Parks to use this opportunity to make their views heard.”Â