Minister praises enterprising work in National Park

Tony Gates, NNPA chief executive, and Minister Rory Stewart MP & Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs. Picture by Simon Williams/Crest Photography.
Tony Gates, NNPA chief executive, and Minister Rory Stewart MP & Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs. Picture by Simon Williams/Crest Photography.

A government minister has praised enterprising work going on at Northumberland National Park.

Minister Rory Stewart, newly-appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs, was given a first hand account of work taking place.

And he was full of praise for the National Park’s innovative approach to rural enterprise and job creation.

Mr Stewart visited the Enterprise Hub at Eastburn, Walltown Quarry, and the National Park Visitor Centre at Once Brewed – the site earmarked for development of the National Park’s new flagship project, The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre.

Glen Sanderson, chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “We are delighted that Minister Rory Stewart has chosen to visit Northumberland National Park right at the start of his new role as Minister of State for Environment and Rural Affairs.

“We are particularly pleased that Minister Stewart has had the opportunity to see at first hand some of the innovative and enterprising work that Northumberland National Park is doing around supporting rural businesses, including our Enterprise Hub at Eastburn and through the Sill project.

“I hope the Minister went away from his day with us inspired by the new and exciting ways we are working to support rural growth.”