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Change of subtitlesEdit

I like the older subtitles better. I intend the revert the unexplained anonymous change unless someone can persuade me otherwise... Naturenet 10:28, 29 Apr 2005 (UTC)

I like these subtitles better personally, they're more succinct. -- Joolz 21:16, 1 May 2005 (UTC)
I like the newer titles also, they are more consistent with other articles. Why do you prefer the older ones? Succinctness is desirable.--Cyberjunkie 15:19, 5 May 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for responding. I agree shorter is better. But not at the cost of meaning. Ok, for History I take your point. It's obviously the history of country parks and should stay as it is. The other two, however, I think are indeed shorter, but in shortness, are also less clear, particularly Raison d'etre which is not something that every reader will understand. It's the sort of phrase that people (like me) who write interpretive material for country parks are taught to exclude and replace with simpler wording. Amenities is a bit jargony, just too civic and dull, and does not encompass the whole subject of the subsection. I'd be happy to go with some sort of alternative wording if anyone can suggest a good one - I'm not particularly attached to the old ones as such. Naturenet 09:51, 6 May 2005 (UTC)

This is not the "simple English" encyclopædia. It is perfectly acceptable to use terms such as "raison d'être" and "amenities", and these terms correspond directly to the discussion of their respective sections. Personally, I can't think of a better term to use than "raison d'être". As for amenities, it's hardly jargon, and I think it should remain. But "facilities" or "typical elements/composition" might be alternatives. The last paragraph of the "Amenities" section might need to be moved or excised. The point is, by using formal language we are encouraging readers to expand their vocabulary and knowledge - as an encyclopædia is intended to.--Cyberjunkie 10:25, 6 May 2005 (UTC)

Oh. OK then. Naturenet 21:38, 10 May 2005 (UTC)

; )--Cyberjunkie 04:34, 11 May 2005 (UTC)

Comparison with National ParksEdit

I removed this text

The main purpose of Country Parks is recreation, and as such they are distinct from National Parks, where recreation is secondary to the aim of conservation.

because I'm not sure it's quite true, although there is something in it. National parks are governed in the balance of conservation and recreation by the Sandford Principle, and it's not true to say that conservation invariable prevails over recreation. Country parks are not so governed, and although they may have been set up with recreation firmly in mind there are now some country parks where conservation undoubtedly takes precedence over recreation on some occasions. So, in short, it's not as simple as that. I'd say that a far more fundamental difference between CPs and NPs in England and Wales is that CPs are almost always owned entirely by a public body and are open to the public. NPs are not necessarily either.Naturenet | Talk 15:33, 22 September 2005 (UTC)

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