HC Deb 24 June 2003 vol 407 cc678-9W
Andrew George

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of(a) the Brecon Beacons, (b) the Norfolk Broads, (c) Dartmoor, (d) Snowdonia, (e) Exmoor, (f) the Lake District, (g) Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, (h) the North York Moors, (i) Northumberland, (j) the Peak District, (k) the Pembrokeshire Coast and (l) the Yorkshire Dales is given over to agriculture; and what the agricultural products was in each case in the last year for which figures are available. [119145]

Alun Michael

The total agricultural area (as at June 2002) and the total area of each specified National Park in England is shown in the following table. National Parks in Scotland and Wales fall under the jurisdiction of the devolved authorities concerned.

National Park Total area of National Park (Sq km) Total area of agriculture (Sq km) Agricultural area as percentage of total area
(b) The Broads 303 175.6 57.9
(c) Dartmoor 954 481.4 50.5
(e) Exmoor 693 510.1 73.6
(f) The Lake District 2,292 1,268.6 55.3
(h) The North York Moors 1,432 781.2 54.5
(i) Northumberland 1,049 734.4 70.0
(j) The Peak District 1,438 1,139.9 79.3
(l) The Yorkshire Dales 1,773 1,210.8 68.3


1. The Association of National Park Authorities, www.anpa.gov.uk

2. Yorkshire Dales National Park, www.yorkshiredales.org.uk

3. The June 2002 Census of Agriculture and Horticulture.

Agricultural output for each National Park in England can be found at the internet link:

http://farmstats.defra.gov.uk/cs/farmstats_data/MAPS/ interactive_maps/natpark_map. Asp