Successfully opposed the introduction of National Parks in NI

Tuesday, 12 November, 2013

Updated 22/04/15 

The National Parks debate had been ongoing for nearly a decade and farmers were extremely relieved in November 2013 when the Environment Minister shelved plans to introduce national parks enabling legislation. The UFU had worked tirelessly to see farmers views recognised and after years of working with members to analyse information, in particular experiences from other areas, we were very pleased to see the legislation proposals halted.

The Union organised numerous meetings with the NI Environment Minister and senior DOE officials and in fact organised a public meeting with then Environment Minister Alex Attwood in Ballycastle, where over 600 farmers turned up to voice their opposition to a national park in the Glen of Antrim.