Press releases from the family of UK National Parks

  • Broads Authority and City College partnership win national heritage construction award

    Broads National Park

    A new Water, Mills and Marshes scheme has scooped a Constructing Excellence National 2019 Award.

    Posted: 14 November 2019.

  • A celebration of innovation as winners announced for South Downs National Park’s first Design Awards

    South Downs National Park

    The winners have been announced for the South Downs National Park’s first Design Awards, recognising outstanding design projects in the first decade of the National Park. Architects, local community representatives, designers, and planners gathered at the South Downs Centre today (12 Nov) for a special awards ceremony, which was also attended by Ian Tant, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute. More than 60 nominations from across the National Park were received following the launch of the awards earlier this year. The awards celebrate innovative and inspirational projects that have made a standout contribution to the landscape, heritage, built environment

    Posted: 12 November 2019.

  • Visitors increasingly satisfied in the Cairngorms National Park

    Cairngorms National Park

    Early results to the latest visitor survey in the Cairngorms National Park suggest that visitors continue to rate… The post Visitors increasingly satisfied in the Cairngorms National Park appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 12 November 2019.

  • Weekly list of active planning applications – 12 November 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 – 12 November 2019 appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 12 November 2019.

  • Words of wisdom: Exploring the “muddy” history of Sussex

    South Downs National Park

    Mud - there's a lot of it around at the moment! And, like it or loathe it, when it's stuck to your walking boots, you know you've had a great walk in the countryside. But there's more than meets the eye to this simple three-letter word - especially in Sussex! In fact, you'll never be stuck for a word for mud in the South Downs, thanks to the county's rich dialect. Sussex is said to have at least 30 different words for mud. Although use of the Sussex dialect has waned in recent decades, many of these wonderfully-descriptive words still

    Posted: 11 November 2019.

  • New initiative to protect our vital drinking water

    South Downs National Park

    Southern Water is offering farms in the Brighton and Worthing region the opportunity to get rid of unwanted pesticides on a free and confidential basis. Many farmers have out-of-date or unwanted chemicals in store that can be costly or awkward to dispose of. To avoid them getting into the water supply, the utility provider is offering to help farmers remove them safely. Southern Water has teamed up with Chem Clear, a specialist chemical waste collection and disposal company, and is offering free collections for up to 75 litres. The initiative supports Brighton ChaMP for Water, which was established to protect

    Posted: 11 November 2019.

  • A meeting of minds to help our heathlands

    South Downs National Park

    Katy Sherman, Engagement Officer for the National Park’s Heathlands Reunited project, gives an update on a conference of partners that explored how to better protect these popular reptile-rich habitats. The Heathland Forum 2019 took place at the Ministry of Defence’s Longmoor Camp and focused on the topic of conservation grazing on lowland heaths. The Heathland Forum provides a platform to share knowledge and best practice to help conserve this threatened and fragmented habitat. We all share the same vision: ‘Bigger, better, joined-up heathland that people know about, care about, and use responsibly and sustainably.’ In total, 120 heathland managers and

    Posted: 8 November 2019.

  • Rare butterflies in the North York Moors National Park to benefit from £50,000 nature campaign

    North York Moors National Park

    Some of Britain’s rarest butterflies found within the North York Moors National Park are set to benefit this month from a partnership between the UK’s National Parks and Forest Holidays.

    Posted: 8 November 2019.

  • Bees in the South Downs National Park to benefit from £50,000 Nature Campaign

    South Downs National Park

    Bees in the South Downs National Park are set to benefit this month from a partnership between the UK’s National Parks and Forest Holidays. Forest Holidays has today launched their 2019 Black Friday offer called ‘Give Nature a Break’ which will see a £20 donation from every sale made between today and December 3rd to support five species conservation projects in the National Parks. Forest Holidays aims to donate in excess of £50,000 in total, of which the Bee Lines project will receive a share. Customers will also receive up to 20 per cent off bookings during the same period.

    Posted: 8 November 2019.

  • Forest Holidays and National Parks UK launch #GiveNatureABreak

    National Parks UK

    Posted: 8 November 2019.

  • Connecting with nature – a father and son’s epic adventure in the South Downs

    South Downs National Park

    Nebraska native John Lillyman and his son Dave recently walked the South Downs Way. Here’s John’s moving account of the 100-mile journey that was far more than just a very long walk. Why would a father and son travel all the way from Kearney, Nebraska (right in the centre of the USA) to walk the SDW? “Connection” is the short answer.  Connection with the past Southern England is where I met my American wife 36 years ago, just north of Petersfield, and from where my mother’s family, the Rofe’s, immigrated to Australia five generations ago. In fact, travelling in the

    Posted: 7 November 2019.

  • Lest we forget – the compelling wartime story of the South Downs

    South Downs National Park

    The iconic poppies of Flanders Fields are a testament to loss and recovery – a reminder that landscape recovers after unyielding onslaught, but also acts as a focus for remembrance and a reminder of loss. Likewise, the landscape of the South Downs has witnessed the impact of World Wars, from historic buildings converted into hospitals for injured troops, to landscapes used to test munitions or train men for the Front. And, as the nation comes together to commemorate 75 years since D-Day, the South Downs’ own footnote in the history of Operation Neptune must not be forgotten. Here Anooshka Rawden,

    Posted: 7 November 2019.

  • Families enjoy Halloween-themed day out at heaths

    South Downs National Park

    Ranger Kate Dziubinska recently took part in the National Park’s Deadly Heathlands event and gives her account of the action-packed day. On a frosty, windless morning as we set up for the day’s event, an eerie screech could be heard at Chapel Common. Could it be ghouls and ghosts preparing for hallow’s eve? Could it be witches flying overhead on broomsticks? No…t’was was the squeaky brakes of the portaloo van delivering our toilet for the day! Wealden Heaths team ran a Heathlands Reunited ‘deadly heathlands’ event at Chapel Common, in West Sussex, to showcase the weird and wonderful species to

    Posted: 7 November 2019.

  • Fundraising night for South Downs National Park Trust raises over £60k

    South Downs National Park

    The home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood was transformed for ‘one night only’ as an opera house to raise funds for the South Downs National Park Trust. The evening was hosted by the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, Chairman of the Trust’s Development Board, and actor Hugh Bonneville, who lives in the National Park and is best known for playing the role of the Earl of Grantham in the period drama, Downton Abbey. The unique event included a silent auction, raising over £60,000 to help protect and enhance the South Downs National Park for future generations. The funds will help support

    Posted: 7 November 2019.

  • Beauty of South Downs National Park inspires colourful exhibition

    South Downs National Park

    “The National Park is paradise” Those were the poignant words from people who have taken part in a new arts project that aims to boost mental health by immersing yourself in the South Downs landscape. The budding artists’ array of colourful artwork and sculptures were displayed at Merchistoun Hall, in Horndean, Hampshire. It came after the South Downs National Park Authority teamed up with the charity Artscape to connect people, who would not ordinarily access the National Park, to the stunning landscape on their doorstep. Artscape, which works across Hampshire, helps improve the lives of anyone who faces isolation through

    Posted: 7 November 2019.