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Main uses of areas in national parks:

  • Tourism
  • Recreation
  • Farming
  • Forestry
  • Military training
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Water Supply


Other uses: scenery, recreation activities in caves



  • The minerals being quarried are non-renewable resources
  • Most of the stone is transported by heavy lorries on roads often already busy with tourists and local traffic
  • Quarries produce a great deal of noise and dust
  • Quarries leave the landscape scarred.


  • Tourist traffic causes a great deal of congestion
  • Demand for car parking exceeds amount of car parking available resulting in parking on grass verges.
  • Footpaths are eroded
  • Litter detracts from the appearance of the area and can harm livestock and wildlife
  • Tourists sometimes wander over cultivated land, worry sheep and damage walls
  • House prices increase, partly because of incomers, and partly because of demand for second homes
  • Young people are forced to move away because of the increase in house prices

Uses of Upland Areas - Glacial Erosion

Tourism - excellent scenery attracts tourists

Recreation - including hill walking, skiing, etc.

Forestry - coniferous trees can tolerate the shorter growing season, poorer climate etc. and can be planted on steeper slopes that are useless for building

HEP - deep valleys with few people living in them can ideally be drowned and dammed for a power scheme.

Sporting estates

Water reservoirs

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