Essay on National Parks

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National Parks

'National parks are areas of great natural beauty giving opportunity for open-air recreation, established so that national beauty can be preserved and enhanced, and so that the enjoyment of the scenery by the public can be promoted''.

This is the aim of the National Parks established by the government, and although a brilliant idea in theory, the above statement has posed a series or serious problems. Is it possible for the National Parks to be enjoyed by the general public whilst also preserving the beauty and peace of these places? Are the National Parks loved to death?

Let us focus on The Lake District, where this conflict of interests is most apparent. The Lake
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As a result of this 60% of industry in the Lake Districtis tourism related. Unfortunately the tourism is seasonal, and come winter time when less people are visiting the area, most income is reduced and business is highly unreliable. Many tourists wish to buy holiday homes in the area, meaning that locals can no longer afford the property prices and are being forced to live elsewhere. Meanwhile, the problem of seasonal population increases. But the townspeople are reliant on the income from tourism.

These small villages and towns which are aimed for the tourist trade are known as 'honey pots' (as in bees to honey), and face more problems aside from property prices. The roads in these small areas can't cope with the numbers of people travelling to the Lake District(which is close to the M6) in cars. The car parks and coach parks fill up by 11 am. The traffic fills the towns with noise pollution and air pollution. The people leave the roads in bad condition. And then the tourists visit the mountains and walks and the problem grows.

Footpath erosion (as can be seen from my poster) is a huge problem in the Lake District too. 87% of people who visit the park use the foot paths, and this is leading to serious erosion of the landscape, to the extent that the scars

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