In 2004 the Association of National Park Authorities will be holding the first ever National Park Week. Running from Thursday July 1st - Friday July 9th, it is a week dedicated to raising public awareness of the reasons for the existence of National Parks, and to celebrate their beauty, diversity and the wide range of opportunities they offer for enjoyment of their special qualities.
National Parks are large areas of land in England, Wales and Scotland, designated from 1949 in order to protect beautiful areas for the benefit of the nation. They contain some of the finest landscapes in the UK.
They are also a nationally important recreational resource attracting approximately 100 million visitors a year. These special areas are an important part of the nation's heritage, available to everyone to enjoy and safeguarded for future generations.
There are 13 National Parks in the UK. They are: Brecon Beacons, Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, Loch Lomond and Trossachs, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, Yorkshire Dales and the Broads.
With a packed programme of events, and the involvement of celebrity supporters, it's shaping up to be an exciting awareness week.
With many filming and picture opportunities at local and National level, what more excuse do you need to write a feature or film a piece on where the National Parks are today, over 50 years on?
Watch this space for more details to be confirmed...