Every National Park has its own society of supporters, who campaign to protect their National Parks. All Societies work closely with CNP which forms an effective local-national partnership. The Broads Society is a member of this group of societies.
The present representative for the Broads Society is Peter Howe.
The Campaign for National Parks (CNP) was born in 1936 out of a commitment by a group of outdoor enthusiasts who wanted Britain’s finest landscapes to be protected permanently for everyone to enjoy. Originally known as the Standing Committee on National Parks, CNP led the fight to secure the 1949 Act of Parliament that led to the creation of National Parks.
The Broads area is unique in having its own Authority. The Broads Authority is a Special Statutory Authority established under the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act 1988 with very similar responsibilities to those of the English National Park Authorities. It is the local planning authority for the area and a harbour and navigation authority. It has a duty to manage the Broads for the following three purposes, none of which takes precedence:
Conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Broads;
Promoting opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the Broads by the public; and
Protecting the interests of navigation