National report supports Plymouth’s Marine Park ambitions

Plymouth Sound National Marine Park gets a mention in the new national Landscapes review by Julian Glover.

The Landscapes Review looks at National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in this the 70th anniversary year of National Parks in the UK.

UN Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh talks to Sky News at the recent National Marine Park launch event.

The report states: “We heard the case for a Plymouth Sound National Marine Park, an initiative being developed in part by Plymouth City Council, and we strongly support it in principle.”

Leader of Plymouth City Council Tudor Evans OBE said: “I am delighted that the new national Landscapes Review by Julian Glover which has been published today, is so supportive of Plymouth Sound National Marine Park.

“Partners locally, regionally and nationally have worked extremely hard to start the process of creating the UK’s first National Marine Park, as evidenced at our recent event on Plymouth Hoe. Being featured in this new national report will help raise the profile and move things forward significantly. We were also very pleased recently to get support from Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers, who said she ‘wholeheartedly supports the creation of the first UK National Marine Park.’

“Plymouth, with its historic waterfront, rich maritime heritage, cutting edge marine research and its diversity of sea life is ideally placed to create something of significant value locally that can be used to lead the way nationally.

“We want everyone to enjoy Plymouth Sound, this incredible free resource that we have in Britain’s Ocean city. This year is the 70th anniversary of National Parks in this country, and we think Plymouth should be the first of a series of National Marine Parks.”

You can read the Landscapes Review in full online here