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The Yorkshire Dales was designated as a National Park in 1954 and was one of England's first. The National Park Management Plan considers all the varied needs of those with an interest in the par, so it can be best maintained and enhanced. The National Trust is a significant land owner in the area with the aim of looking after the land for the nation indefinitely. The National Trust land lies within a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is also designated as a National Nature Reserve and a Wetland of International Importance, so the National Trust must constantly monitor and maintain the land to ensure it is not degraded or damaged.
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17 February 2001

Classroom Ideas

This clip is useful as a case study for protection and conservation of an area. A discussion could be had about what makes the Yorkshire Dales a unique and important environment. This then can lead to students identifying a unique and important environment to them. The National Park Authority's duty is to enhance and protect, and students could design a basic management plan - What would they enhance? What would they protect? What issues could they see when implementing their plan?

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