Natural England wants to ensure that everybody has the opportunity to use, understand, engage with and be inspired by the natural environment. We also want an increasing number of people to take action to conserve it.
There are many places where you can enjoy the natural environment, whether you're looking for healthy exercise, the challenge of a long walk, a horse or cycle ride, or whether you want to experience nature, or appreciate its quiet tranquillity and inspiring landscapes.
Whether you might be interested in Country Parks, National Nature Reserves, Local Nature Reserves or Areas of Outstanding National Beauty – or perhaps something else – there’s a lot in the English countryside to be explored. Some of it might even be closer to home than you think ...!
(26 February 2013) Thinking of visiting the countryside with family and friends? Or taking the dog for a walk in the woods? Here are some simple steps you can take to help prevent the spread of ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea).
(24 May 2012) After more than ten years in the care of Natural England, the successful Walking for Health scheme has been handed over to the Ramblers, in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support as part of a new Responsibility Deal.
National Character Areas (NCAs) divide England into 159 distinct natural areas. Each is defined by a unique combination of landscape, biodiversity, geodiversity and cultural and economic activity. Their boundaries follow natural lines in the landscape rather than administrative boundaries, making them a good decision making framework for the natural environment.