There are currently 15 spread across England, Scotland and Wales.
In the United States, the first national park was established in 1872, during the same decade as the Battle of Little Bighorn, the adoption of the 15th Amendment and the advent of both blue jeans and the incandescent light bulb.
In the United Kingdom, the first national park was established in 1951, during the same decade as the detonation of the first British atomic bomb, the publication of the debut James Bond novel and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Obviously, when it comes to creating and fostering national parks, the U.S. is a few years ahead of the U.K. — 79 of them, to be exact.
But times, oh, have they changed.
As America’s national parks adjust to a strange and precarious new reality in which seemingly nothing is certain, a new review of national parks launched by the British government offers reassurance that existing parks in the U.K. will be even better off than they are now 10, 15, 50 years down the line. And there might be a whole lot more of them, to boot.
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