National park improves people’s health

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SOUTH Downs National Park’s visitors spend £464.4m every year and support more than 8,200 local jobs. The figures are part of a visitor survey, the first one done since the South Downs became a national park.

It shows residents feel positive about what tourism brings to the area. The park also makes them feel better, with more than 90 per cent saying it improved their health and sense of well-being.

Margaret Paren, chairwoman of the South Downs National Park, said: ‘This is vital evidence of the role that tourism plays in boosting the regional economy and how much local people value their time in the park.’