Press releases from the family of UK National Parks

  • Peak District is breath of fresh air for refugees and asylum seekers

    Peak District National Park

    Refugees and asylum seekers pulled on their wellies to enjoy their first experience of the Peak District National Park. The visit was organised by Peak District National Park ranger Sally Wheal and colleagues Rob Kenning and Pete Bush, along with Derby-based charity Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity (DRS).

    Posted: 4 December 2019.

  • “Our family days-out inspired me to care for nature on my doorstep”

    South Downs National Park

    Her inspiration to volunteer came from a hilltop view. With the innocent eyes of a child, Kirsty Ferris looked out across the skyline from Highdown Hill and saw a scene of stark contrast. Conurbation met country…and dusky icons of industry were juxtaposed with the intense green expanse of the South Downs. It was a profound view that stayed with Kirsty throughout her childhood and then inspired her to become a Volunteer Ranger for the South Downs National Park. Kirsty is now loving helping to protect the beautiful wildlife-rich landscape, just a stone’s throw from her home in Littlehampton. [caption id="attachment_14542"

    Posted: 4 December 2019.

  • Breathtaking beauty of South Downs National Park inspires melodies

    South Downs National Park

    A musician’s love of walking in the South Downs landscape has inspired a new album. Composer Damian Montagu is releasing A Walk Into Reverie next month, following the success of his album In A South Downs Way. The collaboration with actor Hugh Bonneville attained the No.1 spot in the UK Classical Charts. A Walk Into Reverie is a brand new collection of work inspired by Damian’s deep love of the breath-taking beauty of his local South Downs area and the profound peace that walking there brings him. Damian said: “This is a wondrous space for me. I derive so much

    Posted: 4 December 2019.

  • Supporting the next generation of nature custodians with new outdoor classroom

    South Downs National Park

    A new nature space that will help children learn about the environment and how to care for it has been unveiled following a huge community effort. Just one year ago, an outdoor area at Amberley School was an overgrown wilderness of weeds. But fast forward to today and the space has been transformed into an amazing outdoor classroom, with vegetable and herb patches, a bug hotel and areas for hands-on learning about plants and animals. There were cheers from schoolchildren, teachers, governors, parents and guests as Amberley School’s Nature Space was officially opened by Lady Emma Barnard, of nearby Parham

    Posted: 4 December 2019.

  • Let’s champion our amazing soil

    South Downs National Park

    Aimee Felus, who manages the ChaMP project, marks World Soil Day on December 5 by digging deeper into why soil is so important…and explains how plant power is being harnessed as nature’s cleanser. ChaMP protects the groundwater beneath our feet – a vital resource we all rely upon.  But to safeguard groundwater we also need to consider another element which is vital for our well-being: soil. So often overlooked, soil is the living skin of the Earth, performing many important services. Formed from weathered rock, air, water, and living and dead organic material, healthy soil is a key component in

    Posted: 3 December 2019.

  • Festive Fronds – Plants of the Park

    South Downs National Park

    From Kate Frankland, Volunteer Ranger, Eastern Downs Mistletoe, Viscus album, a woody, parasitic shrub native to Britain is found locally in Sussex but more frequently in the west of the county. Although mistletoe is parasitic it seldom kills its host if kept in bounds by harvesting. It has been cultivated since at least the 18th century. Nurserymen still supply it growing on apple trees. It is found most often in orchards, parklands, gardens and churchyards and is therefore commonly associated with areas of human habitation on cultivated or deliberately planted trees. It is impossible to know how many specimens have been

    Posted: 2 December 2019.

  • CNPA considers climate emergency as snow cover report is published

    Cairngorms National Park

    Biodiversity loss, disruption to water supplies and flooding are just some of the global challenges that are likely… The post CNPA considers climate emergency as snow cover report is published appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 2 December 2019.

  • Helvellyn Assessors celebrate ‘White Friday’ winter season launch

    Lake District National Park

    While many people are looking for today’s Black Friday deals, the Lake District’s three Fell Top Assessors are hoping for some of the white stuff.

    Posted: 29 November 2019.

  • Broads Briefing - November 2019

    Broads National Park

    John Packman's Broads Briefing for November 2019 is now available to read.

    Posted: 28 November 2019.

  • 2020 tolls changes approved by Broads Authority

    Broads National Park

    The Broads Authority has set navigation charges for 2020, promoting sustainable boating on the Broads.

    Posted: 28 November 2019.

  • Down to earth – the unique soil of the South Downs National Park

    South Downs National Park

    Soil. The chances are most of us never stop to consider the ground underneath us. Sure, we might all engage and interact with some of the flowers, trees and bugs are see climbing up out of the ground but, what is happening in the soil is just as important as what's happening above it. According to the UN, every five seconds the equivalent of one football pitch of soil is eroded. With the environmental crisis now firmly to the fore, we cannot overlook what is happening with our soil. World Soil Day, falling on 5 December, is an opportunity for

    Posted: 28 November 2019.

  • Park Talk: What is Rural Development?

    Cairngorms National Park

    By CEO Convener, Xander McDade The Cairngorms National Park Authority plays a very important role in helping to… The post Park Talk: What is Rural Development? appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 28 November 2019.

  • The top four most accessible spots in the South Downs

    South Downs National Park

    Did you know Tuesday 3 December is International Day of Disability? Our ambition is to make the South Downs the UK's most accessible National Park for people who live with mobility issues.  Work has started to create new 'Miles without Stiles' routes across our stunning landscape that offer easy access for people with limited mobility. To mark International Day of Disability, we wanted to recommend five places in the National Park that are really accessible.  All of these trails and destinations are suitable for people with restricted mobility, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs. Much of this work has been made possible

    Posted: 28 November 2019.

  • Quay Assistant takes to the water with Lakes Rangers

    Broads National Park

    Christon paid a visit to the Lake District National Park through the Society for National Parks staff.

    Posted: 26 November 2019.

  • Awards for green Peak District businesses

    Peak District National Park

    Businesses which support their local community, economy and environment were honoured at a Peak District awards ceremony and networking event. Six new Environmental Quality Mark awards were presented to Peak District businesses which support and play an active role in their local economy, work to reduce their environmental impact and help to celebrate, conserve and enhance the Peak District National Park.

    Posted: 26 November 2019.