Press releases from the family of UK National Parks

  • Saxon shield battles, snakes, and sheep as fun family festival returns to Petersfield

    South Downs National Park

    People will be able to discover the horrible histories and wonderful wildlife of South Downs heathland as the “Secrets of the Heath” festival returns bigger and better than ever. Petersfield Heath will be a hive of free family fun with re-enactments of a Saxon shield battle, have-a-go archery, birds of prey demonstrations, a medieval camp and an opportunity to see snakes and lizards. The free event takes place over the weekend of September 7 and 8 from 11am to 5pm. Visitors will also be able to bring their dog and have a go at the Countryside Dog Ability Challenge –

    Posted: 23 August 2019.

  • Ashurst and Colbury families invited to wild play site opening

    New Forest National Park

    Tree forts, a giant wooden sand lizard and wildlife seating circle are some of the exciting new activities for families to enjoy in a new outdoor play site in the New Forest. A third permanent wild play space will be opened at Ashurst and Colbury Recreation Ground on Whartons Lane following the success of two […] The post Ashurst and Colbury families invited to wild play site opening appeared first on New Forest National Park Authority.

    Posted: 22 August 2019.

  • Dale Mine Crowdfunder Goes Live!

    Peak District National Park

    This week a new project from the South West Peak Landscape Partnership broke ground at the historically fascinating Dale Mine just outside Warslow. This project is directed by Dr Catherine Parker Heath, the South West Peak Cultural Heritage Officer. Catherine also works with and trains enthusiastic volunteers who care passionately about preserving the cultural heritage of the South West Peak.

    Posted: 22 August 2019.

  • In the footsteps of Ivon Hitchens – Walk around Lavington and Duncton

    South Downs National Park

    Image: Ivon Hitchens, House Among Trees, 1943, Oil on Canvas, Pallant House Gallery © Estate of Ivon Hitchens One of Britain's best loved landscape painters, Ivon Hitchens lived and worked at Lavington Common from 1940 until his death in 1979.  Often painting in the open air around his Sussex home, Hitchens sought to capture the essence of the place and the resulting paintings, featuring swathes of bright colour, brought him international acclaim and a place in museums and collections around the world. An exhibition 'Ivon Hitchens: Space Through Colour' is now on at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester until 13

    Posted: 21 August 2019.

  • Drawn to the Moors – new exhibition by Dennis Roddam at the Inspired by… gallery

    North York Moors National Park

    An exhibition of work by a former BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year finalist, Drawn to the Moors, is at the Inspired by… gallery at The Moors National Park Centre at Danby from Thursday 5 September to Wednesday 16 October.

    Posted: 21 August 2019.

  • Wee Walks Week is back!

    Cairngorms National Park

    It’s that time of year again when we like to wax lyrical about the benefits of walking, with… The post Wee Walks Week is back! appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 20 August 2019.

  • New Visitor Facilities Open at Walltown

    Northumberland National Park

    New and improved visitor facilities have officially been opened by the Northumberland National Park Authority today at Walltown Country Park, a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site, following significant investment from the European Agricultural Funds for Rural Development (EAFRD) which contributes funds to the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme. Intended to enhance Northumberland […] The page New Visitor Facilities Open at Walltown first appeared on Northumberland National Park.

    Posted: 20 August 2019.

  • Weekly list of active planning applications – 20 August 2019

    Cairngorms National Park

    You can view all currently active Planning applications and the deadline dates for Public Comments on a  weekly list here… The post Weekly list of active planning applications – 20 August 2019 appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 20 August 2019.

  • Getting to know…the Serpent Trail

    South Downs National Park

    Despite first impressions, you might find it surprising to know that the South Downs National Park has more woodland than any other National Park in England or Wales. Unlike the South Downs Way, which is relatively free of tree cover, the 100km Serpent Trail takes you through a varied habitat, consisting of open commons and dwarf forests, filled with pine, fearn and heather. The greensand, on which much of the trail sits, is ideal habitat for our native reptiles and amphibians, including the sand lizard, adders and the Natterjack toad. As summer starts to disappear from view and autumn appears

    Posted: 16 August 2019.

  • Cairngorms Local Development Plan 2020 enters final stage

    Cairngorms National Park

    A new Local Development Plan (LDP) for the Cairngorms National Park is reaching its final stages with the… The post Cairngorms Local Development Plan 2020 enters final stage appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 16 August 2019.

  • The South Downs is just as much a wilderness as Yellowstone

    South Downs National Park

    From Charles Winchester, ranger for the Wealden Heath area [caption id="attachment_40663" align="alignright" width="300"] Bison in Yellowstone National ParkPhoto credit: Yannick Menard[/caption] This might sound like a crazy talk, but there really is a lot of sense in this claim. Granted, as landscapes go the South Downs is undoubtedly pretty domesticated and agrarian (currently there are precisely zero large predators here), and there’s no doubt that Yellowstone is one of the more rugged and remote protected areas in the world (in 2018 the Park’s predator population was estimated to include 104 wolves and 718 brown bears). But when it comes to

    Posted: 16 August 2019.

  • Andrea Bailey Retrospective: A Life Through Art

    North York Moors National Park

    A major retrospective of the work of an artist who spent most of her adult life living, drawing and painting on the North York Moors opens at the Inspired by… gallery at Danby next month.

    Posted: 15 August 2019.

  • Nominate your National Park heroes

    Peak District National Park

    UK National Parks are calling for nominations to the Volunteer Awards 2019.

    Posted: 15 August 2019.

  • Go wild this summer holiday

    New Forest National Park

    Children are invited to explore, play and be creative in the New Forest at a wild play day this summer. Families can learn more about why the New Forest is special while taking part in exciting new activities. From creating woodland instruments and taking part in water activities, to navigating a woodland obstacle course and […] The post Go wild this summer holiday appeared first on New Forest National Park Authority.

    Posted: 14 August 2019.

  • Pollinator Placement

    Northumberland National Park

    Every June & July we offer a valuable opportunity to gain practical experience in observing, catching and identifying Bumblebees and other pollinating insect species around the National Park. This year the placement was taken up by Ian Cole who spent five days working with our Rangers spotting Bumblebees & Butterflies and learning about their habitats.  […] The page Pollinator Placement first appeared on Northumberland National Park.

    Posted: 14 August 2019.