National Parks UK celebrate historic environment on European Day of Parks

National Parks might be some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the United Kingdom, but many don’t realise that they are also significant cultural landscapes that have been shaped by the people who have lived, visited and worked in them over thousands of years.

St Benet's Abbey © Christopher Hill

They exhibit some of the most impressive historical evidence of the UK’s past; boasting fifteen percent of all designated heritage assets including ancient stone circles, historic quarries and impressive castles to name just a handful. Not only do these discoveries provide us with a fuller picture of the rich past of England, Scotland and Wales, they also create jobs, volunteering opportunities, cultural experiences for visitors and help connect residents to the history of their local landscapes.

To celebrate the sheer diversity and quality of the historic environment in these precious landscapes, we are joining our National Parks UK siblings in using the joint celebrations of European Day of Parks and European Year of Cultural Heritage to launch a new ‘Special landscapes shaped by people’ publication May 24. The jointly produced infographic highlights just how impressive the National Parks’ collective cultural offering is and explains how the various Authorities are looking after and preserving historic landscapes for future generations to experience and enjoy.

For more information, you can view the leaflet here or visit the National Parks UK historic environments webpage.

Wednesday 23 May 2018