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Government launches white paper on outdoors

Posted 8 June 2011
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Government launches white paper on outdoors
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The government has launched a white paper on the future of the natural environment in the UK, which sets out its vision of how the countryside should be nurtured and preserved.

Among plans that may interest those keen to put on their walking socks and leave the towns behind, the blueprint includes establishing nature improvement areas to enhance wildlife habitats, the strengthening of local activities connecting nature with health and allowing local communities the chance to protect their most precious green areas.

There will also be an extra emphasis on getting children into the outdoors as part of their education.

Environment secretary Caroline Spelman said the government's ambition is that people living in Britain now "become the first generation to leave the environment in a better condition than we found it".

The white paper has been welcomed by the Campaign for National Parks, which noted the plan "recognises that cross-departmental support is needed" to ensure conservation objectives are met.

It said national parks are well-equipped to develop the sort of integrated partnerships of economy, education and community to help bring the vision to fruition.