Vote the Broads National Park in the BBC Countryfile Magazine awards

The Broads Authority is proud to announce that the Broads National Park has made the shortlist as one of the UK’s top five National Parks by the  BBC Countryfile Magazine and they are now asking people to vote for their favourite to be named number one.

It is free, quick and easy to vote, just visit the BBC Countryfile magazine website.

In nominating the Broads National Park, Countryfile Magaine noted that:

“Britain’s largest protected wetland is a mysterious, marvellous landscape, with a quarter of the country’s rarest wildlife.”

And BBC’s John Craven said this of the Broads National Park:

“The people that I have met who are involved with the administration of the Broads are very passionate about it. They do a very good job of balancing a huge leisure industry with wildlife and natural landscape.”

Chairman of Broads Tourism Limited, Greg Munford, said of the nomination:

“In May 2016 all the members of Broads Tourism voted to get behind the Broads National Park brand and this accolade of being in the final five of the Countryfile magazine ratifies the decision and is testament to the great work of the businesses within Broads Tourism and also our corporate partners who have helped develop three wonderful publications promoting the area.  Along with the help of Broads Authority this has allowed us to launch the Visit the Broads website and social media presence.”

Why should the Broads National Park win?

  • It is Britain’s largest, lowland wetland. It has 125 miles of navigable inland waterways which has attracted leisure visitors to enjoy the wide and beautiful landscapes under stunning skies since the early 19th century
  • 25% of the Broads has an international designation for its biodiversity. There are nine national nature reserves and 28 sites of special scientific interest
  • A quarter of Britain’s rarest species are found in the Broads. In Britain, the swallowtail, Britain’s largest butterfly and the Norfolk hawker dragonfly are found only in the Broads
  • The Broads is one of Europe’s most popular inland waterways, with 7 ½ million visitors a year on land and water. Tourism is the second largest employment sector in the area supporting over 7,000 jobs and contributing £592M per year to the local economy
  • It is a historians paradise with a Roman fort, the remains of a 1000 year old abbey, a landscaped dotted with stunning watermills and more medieval churches than any other area in the UK
  • The Broads is a symbol of landscape diversity in the UK. It is arguably the most unique national park, which sets a precedent for valuing a variety of national landscapes
  • The Broads has a wide arts and cultures aspect to its National Park as its rivers run through Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft as well as many other towns and villages. This means the national park can boast theaters, art galleries, fine dining, and historic buildings. Norwich is a UNESSCO City of Literature which reflects the reputation of the Broads as a source of inspiration to many authors and artists

Voting closes on 5 March 2018 and will be announced later that month, so get your vote registered now.