Somerset could get new National Park under Lib Dem plans

The Liberal Democrats have unveiled plans to create at least three new National Parks and have suggested Somerset as a potential location. The new national park could include the Mendips, Quantocks, and the south Cotswolds.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said: "Our National Parks are some of the most beautiful parts of our country, and that’s why I’m delighted that Liberal Democrats will create three new National Parks across England. Liberal Democrats promise to create new National Parks, which could include areas like the Chilterns, as well as ensuring that our existing parks, beloved by people across the country, are protected for generations to come."

Other suggested locations included Dorset, the Surrey Hills, and the Northumberland coast. The party has pledged a new £50 million a year in funding for National Parks and to plant 60 million trees.

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If a National Park is created in Somerset, it would join 10 others in England and 15 in the UK overall. National Parks in England and Wales are described as having twin purposes: to 'conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage', and to 'promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of national parks by the public'.

The General Election will take place on Thursday, July 4.