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Park life

The 13 national parks in England and Wales could soon grow in number

The obvious challenges in rebuilding Britain after the war were material, and none pressed harder than housing. Fortunately, Whitehall had the wisdom to remember that the quality of life matters too, as it showed by legislating for the National Parks in 1949, then designating the first 10 in the 1950s. In time, as the weight of tourism in the economy increased, it would prove shrewd as well as noble to have saved tracts of rugged beauty from the greed of developers.

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