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Consultation announced on park expansions

Posted 14 December 2009
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Consultation announced on park expansions
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Natural England has revealed that there are four proposals for expanding the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks that will be subject to public consultation.

The exercise will start this month and continue until March 2010.

Among the areas of proposed extension are the northern Howgill Fells, the Birkbeck Fells and the Orton Fells, with one issue concerning the latter being whether they would be added to the Lakes or the Dales.

Chair of natural England Poul Christensen said he wanted the consultation to be a broad one so that any extension "can work with the people and businesses of the area and deliver the many public benefits that people are entitled to expect from national park designation."

Those keen to don some men's outdoor clothing or women's outdoor clothing and explore new areas of national park could find that hills such as Wild Boar Fell are added to the Yorkshire Dales.

The 2,323 ft (708m) mountain gets its name from being supposedly the site where the last wild boar in England was shot.

Posted by Elaine Arthur