By Stephen Fargher
Where are the national parks in the
History of national parks
The original use of national parks was mainly farming
or for forestry. The main type of farming was sheep
farming because of the relief of the land.
In certain areas of national parks there was mineral
deposits such as coal and copper so the area was mined.
This brought money into the area initially and brought
more people to the area for work.
In 1951 the peak district became Britain’s first national
park. Now there are 14 national parks all over the UK.
Some national parks have reservoirs due to the relief of
the land so some water points now take place.
Scenery of some national parks
The peak district was the first national park in
Around 40,000 people live in the parks
The national parks cover a large area of 600
square miles with over 2000 km of public rights
The main economic use of the areas are tourism
and mining and some sheep farming but tourism
has become the main source of income.
Sailing on biking
lakes and also Small
other water traditional
Rock climbing Shops
on the cliffs Scenery such
Cycle routes as the
around the beautiful
Camping areas Some hotels
Problems with tourism
With all tourism there is a number of problems which is
similar for all people.
One of these is the amount of traffic coming to the
national parks. This means more roads have to be built
which will further damage the environment and the
pollution which is also produces may affect some of the
There is also a large problem of litter because many
people who visit the area also produce litter because in
a large area such as the peak district it is hard to have
bins every where and to constantly empty them.
Climbing may result in loss of some wildlife such as
birds that nest on the rock face
Many people concentrate on the tourist areas so
other small businesses might not get the income
they need to sustain themselves.
Due to the large number of people walking
along the parks many footpaths soil erosion may
take place or people may damage the many
plants if they stray off the pathways to explore
the area further.
Ways in which to combat the
Try to encourage more people to use public
transport instead of there own cars.
To try and conserve the areas more, maybe by
having fines for those who are caught damaging
To look after the local people so they don’t feel
alienated in there own home area
To try and encourage people to take an interest
in local traditional and to try to get them to go
into the small shops
Try to encourage people to stay longer by
having a number of hotels and maybe some
Encourage people to visit all year round not just
in the summer when the weather is nice. The
scenery is often nice when covered in snow
Try to get people to get the most out of there
existing resources instead of relying on tourism
Better advertisement of some of the national