Press releases from the family of UK National Parks

  • Rural Enterprise Exmoor Launch Event

    Exmoor National Park

    Posted: 9 October 2019.

  • Travelling in the right direction

    Peak District National Park

    The Peak District National Park Authority chair, Andrew McCloy, talks about issues surrounding climate change and transport.

    Posted: 8 October 2019.

  • Brilliant views from Butser inspire thought-provoking exhibition

    South Downs National Park

    As inspiring views go, the top of Butser Hill is one of the best in Hampshire. Now budding artists from across the Portsmouth and Petersfield areas have used the amazing panoramas to inspire a colourful new exhibition of paintings, sculptures, photographs and textiles. It comes after arts charity Artscape partnered with the South Downs National Park Authority to connect people, who would not ordinarily access the National Park, to the stunning landscape on their doorstep. Artscape, which is based at Leigh Park Community Centre and works across the county, helps improve the lives of anyone who faces isolation through poor

    Posted: 8 October 2019.

  • Weekly list of active planning applications – 08 October 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 – 08 October 2019 appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 8 October 2019.

  • Minister Launches Cairngorms Youth Action Team

    Cairngorms National Park

    Mairi Gougeon MSP, the Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment officially launched the Cairngorms Youth Action… The post Minister Launches Cairngorms Youth Action Team appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 7 October 2019.

  • Over 18,000 youngsters reached as part of large-scale outdoor education programme

    North York Moors National Park

    It has been revealed how educators from the North York Moors National Park Authority engaged hundreds more young people as part of their innovative schools and outreach programme.

    Posted: 7 October 2019.

  • Star-studded skies inspire new book about South Downs

    South Downs National Park

    Tiffany Francis-Baker grew up in awe of the South Downs’ dreamy starry nights. Now the Petersfield-based author has used these nostalgic memories as inspiration to write a new book, Dark Skies. The book follows Tiffany’s year exploring the landscape after dark to see how we connect with nature at night. She said: “I grew up surrounded by the South Downs landscape and now live back here with my husband. “It's a beautiful place to explore by day, but at night I've discovered hidden worlds under the stars, and been able to see somewhere so familiar with new eyes. “Exploring the

    Posted: 7 October 2019.

  • National Park Authority welcomes independent Glover review

    South Downs National Park

    The South Downs National Park Authority has welcomed the ambition of a major independent review that seeks to strengthen links between protected landscapes, face the challenges of climate change and engage with even more young people. Seventy years after the Act of Parliament that created the first National Parks, the review – led by writer Julian Glover – was published in the last few weeks and called for bold action to reignite the founding spirit of our great National Park movement. The review also outlined that climate change, biodiversity loss, and a changing, urban society mean that new approaches are

    Posted: 7 October 2019.

  • Cherry Soup show captivates audiences

    South Downs National Park

    Sweet, sour, a little unexpected – and what good writing does best. That was the verdict from audiences who were enthralled by the quirky and thought-provoking show Cherry Soup – True, and not so true, tales of the South Downs. The show, written by Lewes-based playwright Sara Clifford, explored the changing landscapes and populations of the National Park – as well as how the history of cherries (blame the Romans for bringing the fruit to these shores) is also the history of Southern England! The performance was the result of a labour of love by Sara, the Inn Crowd and

    Posted: 7 October 2019.

  • Secrets of the Heath are revealed at popular event

    South Downs National Park

    More than 2,000 people came to learn about the fascinating history and wildlife of South Downs heathlands. Petersfield Heath was brought to life for “Secrets of the Heath” as it was filled with historical reenactments, falconry displays, Saxon shield battles – and plenty of native British reptiles for people to see and hold! Twenty five people joined the RSPB for a bat walk on the Saturday evening, while people also got the chance to identify different moth species courtesy of Sussex Wildlife Trust. Dozens of dogs and their owners took part in a fun obedience course and received certificates as

    Posted: 7 October 2019.

  • New radios for Dales cave rescuers

    Yorkshire Dales National Park

    Posted: 4 October 2019.

  • Turning the tide on biodiversity loss

    South Downs National Park

    The State of Nature Report 2019 makes depressing reading, especially on today’s World Animal Day. Importantly the report looks not just as what has been lost but what needs to be fought for, picking out "a range of internationally important habitats, such as its lowland heathlands, ancient woodlands and chalk grasslands in the south." The rare chalk grassland, ancient woodland and heathland habitats of the South Downs National Park support an incredible range of mammals, birds, fish, invertebrate and plant species. Some are among the rarest animals in Britain – and that’s why it’s so important we all strive to

    Posted: 3 October 2019.

  • Exmoor National Park Declares Climate Emergency

    Exmoor National Park

    Posted: 3 October 2019.

  • Top job for Wes as new Helvellyn Assessor

    Lake District National Park

    Wes Hunter has been announced as the Lake District’s newest Fell Top Assessor. Wes was brought up in the area, attended school in Keswick and considers the Northern fells to be his old stomping ground. He’s super excited to be back in the area and taking up his new role with the National Park.

    Posted: 2 October 2019.

  • The amazing habitat of the South Downs

    South Downs National Park

    It’s World Habitat Day on Monday 7 October. Around the world, habitat is under threat and with it the species that they support. You might not realise it at first but the South Downs National Park is home to rare habitat and species, some of which is globally important. Chalk grassland Chalk grassland is one of the richest habitats in western Europe, containing a great diversity of species. You can find up to 50 species per square metre! This habitat has developed through centuries of sheep grazing on the shallow, free draining soils that cover the chalk. Once common over

    Posted: 2 October 2019.