The State of the National Park Report provides a snapshot of the overall health of Northumberland National Park (NNP) and provides an update of the progress in delivering the aims and objectives of the Northumberland National Park Management Plan 2016-2021.
The Management Plan was developed in close consultation with the communities, businesses and organisations that have an interest in the National Park; these make up the Management Plan Partnership. The Plan represents a shared vision for the place, and this is therefore a report on the special qualities of the park, how these qualities are enjoyed, and by whom, and on the economic and social wellbeing of the park communities.
The report is structured in line with the five Aims of the National Park Management Plan with a comprehensive update on the achievements of the Management Plan Partnership in delivering each of the 16 primary outcomes.
- A Welcoming Park
- A Distinctive Place
- A Living, Working Landscape for Now and the Future
- Thriving Communities
- A Valued Asset
The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) has meant that the decision has been made to extend the State of the Park monitoring until we begin monitoring the targets of the next Management Plan, in 2023.
This year’s State of the National Park report sees improvements in across several outcomes which were affected by the impact of Covid-19. Ten outcomes (62.5%) achieved a ‘good’ performance while 6 outcomes are ‘acceptable’. Last year several outcomes had a trend which was ‘unknown’ reflecting the sudden drop in performance, future trends for which were unknown. There is only one outcome which is declining after this period, and this relates to people of working age coming to live and work in the National Park. Although the data will take some time to catch up, current estimates predict that the average age of residents in Northumberland National Park continues to increase.
I trust you will find this report of interest and I would welcome your feedback on any aspects of the report.
Tony Gates, Chief Executive (National Park Officer)
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