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29 August 2012

Cornwall campaigning for national park status

With all of Cornwall’s beautiful coastline and stunning landscapes, it has baffled many for years why no area in the county has been awarded national park status. This may be about to change however as research for a bid for the prestigious award has begun.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England in Cornwall is in the preliminary stages of planning a submission for national park status, and they are hoping that Cornwall’s 12 areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be a pivotally persuasive point in their campaign.

These 12 areas include the beautiful Camel Estuary, Bodmin Moor and 10 stretches of coastline that are all frequently visited by holidaymakers staying in Cornwall cottages. These areas attract thousands of visitors to the county each year and if they were to gain national park status, they would benefit from added protection that would help preserve the areas for years to come.

The application could take a very long time, the last approved submission took over 10 years of hard work, but many think that Cornwall is long overdue a national park status area and all the hard work will be paid off if it is awarded.

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