Before the establishment of National Parks, some of the most exquisite landscapes in the UK were the playgrounds of the privileged. Ordinary people had little access to green spaces and glorious nature. Instead they were kept out by fences and signs which proclaimed PRIVATE PROPERTY.
From 1930 to 1952, when a huge area of the Pembrokeshire Coast became the first designated National Park in Wales, CPRW campaigned tirelessly for the creation of National Parks in Wales.
Thanks to the dedication of CPRW members, today there are 15 National Parks in the UK including three in Wales. 400,000 people walk up Snowdon every year and National Parks cover 20% of the country. These wonderful spaces provide a chance for ordinary people to enjoy hiking, running, wild swimming and wildlife-spotting in the clear blue air.
Today our work to protect these special places and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty continues. We are founding members of the Alliance for Welsh Designated Landscapes (formerly the Alliance for National Parks Cymru), and are represented on a number of AONB Partnerships.
National Parks are incredible spaces for everyone to enjoy the glory of Wales’ countryside. We must protect them for another 70 years and beyond.
What’s happening in your area?
With 13 CPRW branches across Wales, there’s bound to be something exciting in your area to get involved with. Our branches organise local events, campaign against insensitive planning and fundraise for our wider work. Join your closest branch to support your local community and defend your unique landscapes.