The Peak District National Park was Britain’s first National Park.
Established in 1951, The Peak District National Park covers 1438
square kilometres (555 square miles) at the southern tip of the
The National Park Authority is a public body made up of two groups of people - members and officers.
The members are the people who make the decisions. They are responsible
for setting policies and priorities, ensuring resources are well used
and money is well spent.
The officers are employees who work to the policies and carry out the
decisions made by members. On routine matters members ask officers to
take decisions directly, in line with agreed policies.
Overall responsibility for the work of the officers lies with the Chief Executive.
The law requires the Authority to carry out two "statutory purposes"
• to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area
• to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the parks' special qualities by the public
While carrying out these purposes it also has a "duty" to seek to foster
the economic and social well-being of the communities within the