Press releases from the family of UK National Parks

  • Approvals and refusals at CNPA planning meeting

    Cairngorms National Park

    The Planning Committee of the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) has given the go ahead for 15 new… The post Approvals and refusals at CNPA planning meeting appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 24 January 2020.

  • Our magnificent wetlands

    South Downs National Park

    World Wetlands Day on 2 February celebrates wetlands and their incredible biodiversity. In short, a wetland is simply where land meets water. They exist on highland and lowland, in hot places and in wet ones. They exist in the polar regions and also in the desert. Afterall, where there is water, life is not far behind. These special habitats are vital for animals but also for humans, here is just a little bit of information about how important the wetlands of the South Downs National Park are… The rivers and streams of the South Downs National Park create a range

    Posted: 24 January 2020.

  • Storytellers of the South Downs

    South Downs National Park

    © View Toward Firle, Derry Robinson Through song, poetry, novels and plays, some of the world's most respected and well-regarded writers have been inspired by the chalk ridges and wooded heaths of the South Downs National Park. Hilaire Belloc called them “the great hills of the South Country”. For Algernon Swinburne they were “green, smooth-swelling, unending”. For Rudyard Kipling, “Our blunt, bow-headed, whale-backed Downs.” When Nobel Laureate and author of The Forsyte Saga John Galsworthy died, he had his ashes scattered across them from a plane. Virginia Woolf lived, walked and wrote on the South Downs, living in Monk’s House in Rodmell from

    Posted: 24 January 2020.

  • NPA leads call to address climate and nature emergencies

    New Forest National Park

    The New Forest National Park Authority has agreed a new plan of action in response to the climate and nature emergencies. Since its creation in 2005, the New Forest NPA has recognised the importance of adapting to climate change and preventing or reducing its effects. As part of a renewed focus to tackle the climate […] The post NPA leads call to address climate and nature emergencies appeared first on New Forest National Park Authority.

    Posted: 23 January 2020.

  • Sustainable Construction SPD Consultation

    South Downs National Park

    The South Downs National Park Authority is consulting on the draft Sustainable Construction Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The SPD provides further guidance to support the implementation of the South Downs Local Plan policies, in particular Policy SD2: Ecosystem Services, Policy SD3 Major Development, Policy SD22: Parking Provision (where it relates to electric vehicle charging), Policy SD48 Climate Change and Sustainable Use of Resources. The SPD therefore supports Local Plan Objective 6: To adapt well to and mitigate against the impacts of climate change and other pressures. It covers a number of detailed matters relating to new development including: energy and

    Posted: 23 January 2020.

  • Ten reasons to volunteer

    New Forest National Park

    Now in its 10th year, the New Forest National Park’s Volunteer Fair has seen thousands of volunteers sign up to help causes across the Forest. This year’s Fair takes place on Sunday (January 26) and will feature more than 50 local organisations offering a diverse range of volunteering opportunities. There will be fascinating short talks […] The post Ten reasons to volunteer appeared first on New Forest National Park Authority.

    Posted: 22 January 2020.

  • Stellar line-up of big names grows for 2020 Dark Skies Festival as final programme announced

    North York Moors National Park

    An astronomy expert who grew up on the coast is boosting the stellar line-up of big names taking part in next month’s Dark Skies Festival which is jointly organised by the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

    Posted: 22 January 2020.

  • Successful Appeal Bridges the Gap

    Exmoor National Park

    Posted: 21 January 2020.

  • ‘What a great opportunity’ – limited spots available for inspiring National Park schemes

    North York Moors National Park

    Two inspirational clubs are on the hunt for youngsters and families wishing to develop a lifelong connection to nature through the stunning surroundings of the North York Moors National Park.

    Posted: 21 January 2020.

  • Time is ticking – new questionnaire offers vital say on the future of farming and the environment

    North York Moors National Park

    Farmers and land managers have until Friday 31 Jan 2020 to complete a questionnaire ahead of proposed changes to the current system of agricultural support that the Government provides.

    Posted: 20 January 2020.

  • Weekly list of active planning applications – 20 January 2020

    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 January 2020 appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 20 January 2020.

  • South Downs National Park celebrates its 10th birthday

    South Downs National Park

    This year is very special for the South Downs National Park. It was 10 years ago that a vision became a reality. After years of passionate campaigning, England’s newest National Park was born, designating 1600km2 of special landscape with its breathtaking views, unique heritage and hidden gems for the benefit of the nation. The National Park’s special qualities are as important today as they were a decade ago… The world-class, inspirational landscape of chalk grassland, white cliffs, heathland and woodland. A rich variety of wildlife and habitats including rare and internationally important species. Distinctive towns and villages, and communities with

    Posted: 14 January 2020.

  • Full train service will provide gateway to South Downs National Park

    South Downs National Park

    Campaigners are celebrating after Sunday services are set to be introduced at Cooksbridge railway station, a gateway to the National Park. Kevin Froude, from Cooksbridge Station Partnership, writes about the victory. Cooksbridge station, two miles north of Lewes, is situated right on the border of the National Park and enjoys beautiful views of the South Downs. Directly from the station there is a network of unbroken, off-road footpaths leading up to the South Downs Way. In 2009 Hamsey parish council started a campaign for a full hourly service, seven days per week and in 2010 the Cooksbridge Station Partnership was

    Posted: 14 January 2020.

  • Community comes together to plant trees in South Downs National Park

    South Downs National Park

    Jan Knowlson, Ranger for the Eastern Downs, gives her account of a tree planting day in East Sussex. Myself and volunteers from Seven Sisters were out in Newhaven helping the Friends of Riverside Park plant trees. The day was organised and supported by East Sussex CC Newhaven Town Council, Burley’s Landscape Contractors, Greenhavens Network, Lewes District Council and the SDNPA. They plan to improve habitat for pollinators, by managing scrub, creating ponds and tree planting. The site is approximately 28ha and has a mix of open grassland, and scrub – mainly Elder and Blackthorn, so the idea is to keep

    Posted: 14 January 2020.

  • Father and son’s passion for walking “in” the South Downs

    South Downs National Park

    Feeling part of the landscape is good for the soul. That’s the verdict of father and son Alan and Matthew Crook, whose passion for walking has seen them compile dozens of guided walks and maps across West Sussex. Their adventures have seen them cover the length and breadth of the county and they continue to map out more routes. Alan, from Chichester, said: “I very much believe ‘walking in the Downs’. “I like to feel that you are part of it all – experiencing the birds, the butterflies. “I just want to help people experience what is on their doorstep.

    Posted: 14 January 2020.