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The Way Forward to Better Manage our Beauty Spots

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CLA Cymru has appealed to visitors to the Welsh national parks to behave responsibly following the “dangerous parking… putting lives at risk” and severe littering by visitors in Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire and other beauty spots last weekend.

“Wales welcomes visitors, and after lockdown local businesses are eager to generate revenue,” says CLA Cymru Director, Nigel Hollett. “The Covid 19 experience has shown us just how important tourism and day-tripping really is to the Welsh rural economy. But it’s also showing us how vital it is ensure tourism is safe for visitors, to rural communities and to the environment.”

“We appeal to visitors to be responsible,” Mr Hollett adds. “We welcome the reviews into parking being carried out by several authorities. These need to look at capacity and control – and the impact of overflow parking on private land. Farmers and landowners need to be able to work together with the National Parks, the authorities and government for everyone’s benefit.”

“The crisis has exposed how highly the community values the rural landscape,” Mr Hollett says. “This experience will help us to understand how Wales’ natural assets can be managed to promote safe, healthy recreational activity and to develop the Welsh rural economy.”