Wales’ three National Parks contain some
of the most spectacular landscapes in Britain.
What are National Parks?
National Parks are designated under national legislation to
conserve the landscape and to protect their special
qualities. They are living, working landscapes with active
rural communities. National Parks support the local economy,
as well as providing opportunities for recreation such as walking
How are they protected?
Management - Most of the land in National Parks
is in private hands, so partnerships to encourage sympathetic
management of the land are important.
Planning – Developments inside National Parks
are more tightly controlled through the planning process, which
recognises the need to protect and improve the area’s special
qualities. National Park Authorities have their own planning
committees and decide on applications within their boundaries.
Partnership – Many organisations, public bodies
and individuals are involved in the management of National Parks.
Inside their boundaries there is often money and advice available
for farmers, landowners and community groups. The National
Park Management Plan and the plan-making process ensure a more
joined-up approach to the areas’ development.
Where are they?
- Pembrokeshire Coast National Park covers most of the
- Snowdonia National Park includes Snowdon and the great mountain
ranges of north-west Wales.
- The Brecon Beacons National Park includes the highest mountains
in south Wales.