Bird Watching at Polly Joke Beach

Coastal Headland view

Cliff walking

Cliffs and coastal cove


Cornwall National Park Vision

There is a vision for a National Park in Cornwall and good rational to implement one.

Vision statement

Cornwall’s landscape is a great asset, worth millions – a foundation for sustainable growth in the economy’, Professor Robert Tregay.

The role and aims of National Parks as outlined in current legislation, the most significant being a duty to promote economic and social development. The aims are as follows:

  • to conserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the area

  • to promote sustainable use of the natural resources of the area

  • to promote understanding and of the special qualities of the area by the public

  • to promote sustainable economic and social development of the area’s communities

Our Vision is to create a Cornwall Coastal National Park. This would preserve the coastal landscape, the ‘jewel in the crown’, while allowing for both proper marketing and conservation of these major economic assets. The National Park would lead to the regeneration of village economies and neighbouring towns still suffering from effects of long term under investment.

We hope that the current project and its findings will contribute greatly to a better understanding of sustainable development and that the outcomes will assist with the co-ordination of future pressures while simultaneously conserving and economically mobilising Cornwall’s most precious assets such as the coastline. The natural environment of Cornwall is clearly of enormous value to the people and contributes greatly to a distinct cultural identity and quality of life, which would be central in the development of new ways forward for sustainable development.

Rational for a National Park in Cornwall

The Overall Rationale for Applying for National Park Status in Cornwall is as follows:

  •  Cornwall has been, in recent years, an Objective 1 depressed area as defined by the EU and as
    such needs a driver for economic development.

  • There is a wide diversity of landscapes, places of great tranquillity and beauty and unique natural
    and cultural heritage that call for a higher level of protection than is currently in place.

  • There is a pressing need to coordinate and integrate the many organizations and land owners
    involved in determining many aspects of the special needs of the area.

  • There is a distinct character and coherent local identity.

  • The mounting pressures on Cornwall continue to grow faster than in any other part of the
    Country (and are projected to continue over the next 10 years) and there needs to be a
    coordinated and integrated strategy and plan for dealing with these pressures.

  • Cornwall is seeking to be a national exemplar of sustainable and green development (with an
    emphasis on low carbon, high growth, knowledge based companies and world class skill
    development) and part of the function of a National Park is to provide leadership in sustainable
    innovation. In this case in which, for example, strategies for renewable energy have been
    identified, a National Park structure could lead by example and provide the coordination and
    leadership to make a transition to a more Green Economy.

  • It would be relatively administratively easy to designate all or part of the AONB (which in
    Cornwall is one AONB although consisting of 12 geographical areas) as a National Park and
    with only one Council Authority involved in the planning, such a designation would be relatively
    easy and inexpensive to implement.

  • A significant benefit of National Park designation is economic regeneration with long term




Poppies and beach

Crantock Beach from Dunes

Fishing Boat

Surfers on Crantock Beach

Cycling along Gamal River