First mooted in the aftermath of the Second World War, this plan certainly has the potential to enhance the environment of the area in question – and how it can also complement sprawling urban conurbations on both sides of the Pennines.
But it would, at this early stage, be slightly presumptuous to describe it as “alternative national park”. Despite being home to landscapes celebrated by the artist Ashley Jackson and others, it is also important not to devalue the status of existing National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in this region. Their designation is what those behind the South Pennines Park should – in time – be aspiring to achieve.
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