Management Plan

Every five years, Northumberland National Park Authority and its partners review the Management Plan for the Park. This Plan sets out the priorities for the National Park as a place, and covers all aspects of the environment, heritage, life and work which, together, create this unique and special landscape.

While the Management Plan lasts for five years, we would like this Plan to set out our strategic approach for the next 25 years. We have been working on this with a wide range of partners and have developed a draft which features five key themes. These are:

  • Nature recovery
  • Climate action
  • Valuing culture and heritage
  • Welcoming Park for all
  • Thriving communities

Click here to read our Draft Management Plan for Consultation.

We want to hear from you

We want to hear your thoughts and opinions. It is important that we focus on the issues which matter to you – this is your National Park, and we need your help to shape its future. Some of the questions we would like you to think about include:

  • Government have committed to putting nature first on 30% of land by 2030 – what do you think about this? Should this figure be higher in the National Park?
  • Northumberland National Park has an aging population; should we encourage a more diverse population?
  • How much land should be used for planting trees, especially woodlands that are allowed to mature rather than be felled for timber?
  • How do we adapt to the effects of climate change?
  • Do you feel that the Park’s historic and cultural environment is adequately cared for and widely understood and enjoyed?
  • Are there more sustainable ways to support the visitor experience in the National Park?

Drop-in sessions and feedback

We have arranged several drop-in sessions where you are invited to come along, meet the staff and let us know what you think:

Kirknewton – Thursday 21st April – 2 to 4.30pm

Kirknewton Village Hall, Kirknewton, NE71 6XF

Rothbury – Thursday 28th April – 2 to 4.30pm

Jubilee Hall, Bridge St, Rothbury, NE65 7SD

Otterburn – Wednesday 4th May – 2 to 5pm

Otterburn Memorial Hall, Main Street, Otterburn, NE19 1NP

The Sill – Tuesday 10th May – 2 to 6pm

The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, Bardon Mill, NE47 7AN

Please come along and give us your views, or you can let us know your thoughts here via a questionnaire:

Let us know your thoughts on on our Draft Management Plan for Consultation via questionnaire here.

For those of you coming to the Sill, if you leave your car registration with staff at the event you will be able to park for free.

If you would prefer to respond by post, please call us on 01434 615555 to request a survey; a return envelope will be provided.  Or if you would rather send your comments or questions separately, please email us at Please note, we will review all correspondence but may not be able to respond to each email individually.

You can share your thoughts and opinions with us over the next few weeks; the consultation will be open until midnight on Sunday 15 May 2022.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing your thoughts and views.