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Northumberland National Park boosts North East economy by £80m

Northumberland National Park Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Northumberland National Park welcomes record numbers of visitors.

Iconic sights like Hadrian’s Wall and Sycamore Gap are drawing in more crowds than ever before – with a record 1.5 million visitors stepping foot in Northumberland National Park last year.

Tourism spending in the Park is also up by seven per cent, bringing an £80 million boost to the north east’s economy.

£80m
Boost to the north east’s economy.
90
Million visitors to the country’s National Parks each year.
£4bn
is brought into the UK economy by National Parks each year.

National Parks Minister Lord Gardiner visited Northumberland to celebrate the success and kick-start National Parks Week.

While there Lord Gardiner saw the work the Park is doing to encourage more families, children and young people to enjoy the great outdoors.

He also explored the new Sill Discovery Centre – a £14 million project designed to help people understand the landscapes and heritage of Northumberland.

Northumberland National Park Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

National Parks Minister Lord Gardiner said:

National Parks are a huge part of our national identity and many of us, including myself, have fond memories of visiting a National Park as a child.

With its secluded valleys, clear night skies and rare wildlife, Northumberland National Park is one of our most tranquil and picturesque landscapes – and I really hope the park’s new visitor centre will help even more people discover the region’s unique heritage.

I’m thrilled to be here during National Parks Week to see how they are encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with the natural environment around them.”

– National Parks Minister Lord Gardiner
Northumberland National Park Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Tony Gates, Chief Executive of the Northumberland National Park Authority, said:

We are delighted the Minister has been able to visit Northumberland to kick off National Parks Week.

National Parks across the UK are encouraging more people to get active and engage with the natural environment.

National Parks are great places for friends and families to enjoy the great outdoors and the theme for this year’s National Parks Week ‘Do It Together’ encourages this.

Through The Sill: National Landscape Centre we have achieved the wow factor but the wow factor exists in National Parks right across the country and there is something for everyone.”

– Tony Gates
The new Sill Discovery Centre – a £14 million project designed to help people understand the landscapes and heritage of Northumberland. Credit: The Sill

Over the course of National Parks Week Lord Gardiner will be speaking with farmers at the New Forest National Park, exploring the moorland at Exmoor, and meeting some of the apprentices and graduates at Dartmoor National Park.

With more than 90 million visitors to the country’s National Parks each year, they contribute £4billion to the UK economy and are home to some of our most rare wildlife.