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Minister visit to celebrate parks

Yorkshire Dales
The minister will visit the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes

A government minister is visiting the Yorkshire Dales to mark 60 years of law which protects areas of natural beauty.

Huw Irranca-Davies will embark on a walk in Sedbusk before visiting the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.

The minister for environment will be joined by presenter Ben Fogle to learn more about a project to get more ethnic minority communities to visit the park.

Mr Irranca-Davies said: "Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and get close to nature."

The National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act was a law passed in 1949.

The act paved the way for the creation of today's family of 14 UK National Parks, 49 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 294 National Nature Reserves and 2,900 miles of National Trails.

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