National park status is given to areas with beautiful countryside, wildlife and cultural heritage.
It is the combination of these things which makes the national parks such special places.
The parks are protected under legislation to ensure conservation and enhancement of their special qualities, not just for the present, but also for future generations of communities and visitors. Find out more about how and why national parks were established.
Despite being natural landscapes, the UK's National Parks have been shaped by human activity over thousands of years. The Broads National Park is no different, with significant cultural and heritage significance. There's evidence of Roman fortresses, medieval peat diggings, thriving abbies and more. You can read the new National Parks UK historic environment leaflet to learn more on the heritage value of these special landscapes.
The Broads joined the national park family in 1989, established under special legislation taking account of the Broads Authority's three purposes:
Each of the other national parks has its own managing authority, with the same first two purposes for their own parks.
Despite covering the smallest geographical area and having the second smallest population, the Broads attracts the fourth largest number of visitors in the national park family, behind the Lake District, the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales.
The other members of the UK national park family are:
You can read more on the national parks website.