Northumberland National Park Authority

Northumberland National Park Authority is a local authority. Northumberland was designated as a National Park in 1956 and since then work to achieve national park purposes has been carried out by local government first by Northumberland County Council and, since 1997, by the free-standing Northumberland National Park Authority.

Objective 4 (Theme 2)

Advocate design that enhances

  • Provision of geodiversity information in ‘Geology and Landscape’ section of NNP website
    The National Park website provides background information on the context of geodiversity in the planning system and highlights guidance documents and other useful information on how and why geodiversity must be considered at every stage of the planning and development process. Also provided are pages about: palaeontology (describing the how plant and animal fossils can be used to identify, date and correlate rock units); mines and quarries (detailing the history, products and current use of underground mines, active and abandoned quarries, and spoil heaps); and buildling stone (its links to local built heritage and landscape and importance for the local economy).

Objective 5 (Theme 3)

Establish audit

  • Geodiversity Audit and Action Plan, 2007
    Compiled by the BGS, Northumberland National Park was the first National Park in the country to carry out a complete audit of its geodiversity. The geodiversity audit evaluates the resource and identifies ways by which geodiversity might contribute to sustainable tourism and provide opportunities for learning and employment. The plan covers the following items: Contact and organise local interest in geology; Designate and maintain data on important geological sites 2007; Monitor condition of sites; Ensure protection of sites through local and regional policies and strategies; Practical conservation; Geodiversity of active quarries; Local use of stone; Interpretation and public awareness; Education and training; Research; and Funding. The resulting list of Geodiversity sites from the audit forms the basis for undertaking objectives 2-6 in the Action Plan. Detail from the audit is also included directly on the NNP website, explaining the local geology of the National Park and how each division of rock type has influenced landscape, biodiversity, local economy and the conservation issues associated with ‘managing’ local geodiversity.

Objective 8 (Theme 4)

Share good practice

  • Provision of geodiversity information in ‘Geology and Landscape’ section of NNP website
    The National Park website provides background information on the context of geodiversity in the planning system and highlights guidance documents and other useful information on how and why geodiversity must be considered at every stage of the planning and development process. Also provided are pages about: palaeontology (describing the how plant and animal fossils can be used to identify, date and correlate rock units); mines and quarries (detailing the history, products and current use of underground mines, active and abandoned quarries, and spoil heaps); and buildling stone (its links to local built heritage and landscape and importance for the local economy).

Objective 9 (Theme 5)

Make relevant to the wider world

  • Provision of geodiversity information in ‘Geology and Landscape’ section of NNP website
    The National Park website provides background information on the context of geodiversity in the planning system and highlights guidance documents and other useful information on how and why geodiversity must be considered at every stage of the planning and development process. Also provided are pages about: palaeontology (describing the how plant and animal fossils can be used to identify, date and correlate rock units); mines and quarries (detailing the history, products and current use of underground mines, active and abandoned quarries, and spoil heaps); and buildling stone (its links to local built heritage and landscape and importance for the local economy).

Objective 10 (Theme 5)

Use the arts to involve people

  • “Ancient Frontiers” science and nature guide
    A science and nature guide, telling the story of the geology and landscape of the Hadrian’s Wall area and its influence on life and work through the ages. Including photos, maps, illustrations and information, the book is a guided tour of the best places on Hadrian’s Wall to observe and make sense of the impact of nature on human history.

Objective 14 (Theme 6)

Encourage working together

  • Geodiversity Audit and Action Plan, 2007
    Compiled by the BGS, Northumberland National Park was the first National Park in the country to carry out a complete audit of its geodiversity. The geodiversity audit evaluates the resource and identifies ways by which geodiversity might contribute to sustainable tourism and provide opportunities for learning and employment. The plan covers the following items: Contact and organise local interest in geology; Designate and maintain data on important geological sites 2007; Monitor condition of sites; Ensure protection of sites through local and regional policies and strategies; Practical conservation; Geodiversity of active quarries; Local use of stone; Interpretation and public awareness; Education and training; Research; and Funding. The resulting list of Geodiversity sites from the audit forms the basis for undertaking objectives 2-6 in the Action Plan. Detail from the audit is also included directly on the NNP website, explaining the local geology of the National Park and how each division of rock type has influenced landscape, biodiversity, local economy and the conservation issues associated with ‘managing’ local geodiversity.