Press releases from the family of UK National Parks

  • 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.

  • Stargazing extravaganza returns to South Downs National Park

    South Downs National Park

    The South Downs National Park’s Dark Skies Festival returns bigger and better than ever next month with an action-packed line-up of cosmic fun for all the family. As the National Park marks its 10th anniversary in 2020, the SDNPA is pulling out all the stops to bring the wonders of the star-studded skies to people of all ages. The flagship free event, Stargazing South Downs, returns and is being extended this year to include a new roadshow in Steyning, joining Lewes, Midhurst and Petersfield. Visitors to Stargazing South Downs will be able to enjoy indoor planetarium shows, an incredible VR

    Posted: 14 January 2020.

  • Llwytmor peatland on the Carneddau to benefit from restoration work

    Snowdonia National Park

    Our peatlands act as a massive carbon store; but on the blanket bogs of Llwytmor and Foel-Grach on the Carneddau, large-scale erosion is risking releasing large amounts of carbon into our atmosphere and water courses. Now, thanks to funding from the Welsh Peatlands Sustainable Management Scheme (SMS) project and in collaboration with the National Trust and Aber and Llanfairfechan Graziers Society, peatland restoration work is about to commence on site.

    Posted: 14 January 2020.

  • Fulking Conservation Area Appraisal – Public Consultation

    South Downs National Park

    The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) has prepared a new Character Appraisal and Management Plan for Fulking Conservation Area. Fulking Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan Fulking Area Map These documents periodically review the continued need and purpose of conservation area designation, are recommended in Government guidance and have proved useful tools for effective development management. Fulking Conservation Area has been designated since 1984 and has not been reviewed for twelve years. A consultation draft is available for six weeks and we look forward to receiving your comments on it by the 3rd March 2020. The final draft

    Posted: 13 January 2020.

  • Howl to the Moon

    Northumberland National Park

    For those with Werewolf tendencies, tomorrow (Friday, 10th January) is the first Full Moon of the year. This Full Moon is called the ‘Wolf Moon’ after European and Native American cultures noted it coinciding with wolves howling this time of year in the dead of night. In some cultures, it was also known as Old […] The page Howl to the Moon first appeared on Northumberland National Park.

    Posted: 9 January 2020.

  • Farmers urged to have say towards ‘revolutionary’ new land management scheme

    North York Moors National Park

    Working alongside Defra, the North York Moors National Park Authority is calling on farmers and land managers to assist in the creation of a brand new land management scheme that will deliver positive outcomes for both the environment and those whose livelihoods depend on the sustainable management of the land.

    Posted: 9 January 2020.

  • Last Call for Dark Skies Grant

    Northumberland National Park

    Northumberland National Park Authority is encouraging residents and businesses inside the National Park to take advantage of a new £4,000 grant to deliver dark-sky-friendly outside lighting. The project, funded by energy snack company, CLIF Bar, is part of their first round of conservation grants to National Parks in the UK. The company has already established […] The page Last Call for Dark Skies Grant first appeared on Northumberland National Park.

    Posted: 9 January 2020.

  • Have your say on measures to mitigate the impact of new development on protected New Forest habitats

    New Forest National Park

    People are invited to have their say on measures to mitigate the potential recreational impact of building new homes and visitor accommodation within the National Park on the protected New Forest habitats. Over half the New Forest National Park is internationally protected because of its rare habitats and wildlife, the highest proportion of land of […] The post Have your say on measures to mitigate the impact of new development on protected New Forest habitats appeared first on New Forest National Park Authority.

    Posted: 8 January 2020.

  • New Forest champions remembered

    New Forest National Park

    We were saddened to hear that two of our former Authority members passed away recently. At the New Forest National Park Authority meeting on 18 December, Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre paid tribute to Ted Johnson OBE as a founding member and the first Chairman of the Authority. Mr Crosthwaite-Eyre also paid tribute former member Tony Gentle, […] The post New Forest champions remembered appeared first on New Forest National Park Authority.

    Posted: 8 January 2020.

  • An “otherworldly” misty sunrise wins South Downs National Park’s annual photo competition

    South Downs National Park

    A breathtaking composition capturing a runner jogging into the mist-covered hills at sunrise is the winner of the South Downs National Park’s Annual Photo Competition. “Into The Mistic”, by Andrew Gambling, took first place in the popular photography contest, which attracted more than 170 entries capturing scenes from across the length and breadth of the National Park. The theme for the competition was “Experiencing the Natural World” and judges agreed that Andrew’s extraordinary photograph met the brief perfectly. Meanwhile, the competition also included a separate category for best wildlife image – with first place going to an adorable picture of

    Posted: 8 January 2020.

  • New map shows all the protected trees in the New Forest

    New Forest National Park

    An innovative online map is now available showing all the protected trees within the New Forest National Park. The new interactive map from the New Forest National Park Authority is a one-stop place to help people identify trees which need a special planning application to be pruned or felled, and could save thousands of pounds […] The post New map shows all the protected trees in the New Forest appeared first on New Forest National Park Authority.

    Posted: 7 January 2020.

  • New Year – new green resolutions for CNPA

    Cairngorms National Park

    The Cairngorms National Park Authority has always strived to be as ‘green’ as possible but 2020 will mark… The post New Year – new green resolutions for CNPA appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 7 January 2020.

  • Enjoy a new view in the Lake District in 2020

    Lake District National Park

    As a new decade dawns, the Lake District National Park Authority is encouraging people to get out in the Park and take in a new view to improve health, fitness and wellbeing.

    Posted: 7 January 2020.

  • Helping hands in the Forest

    New Forest National Park

    A growing number of people are boosting their health and well-being by volunteering in the beautiful New Forest. It couldn’t be easier for you to join them in 2020 thanks to the hugely popular New Forest National Park Volunteer Fair. Now celebrating its 10th year, the fair has welcomed 4,000 people from all walks of […] The post Helping hands in the Forest appeared first on New Forest National Park Authority.

    Posted: 23 December 2019.

  • Breeding Birds Surveys – Peak District moorlands, update

    Peak District National Park

    The following statement has been released by Moors for the Future Partnership and Natural England, following the publication of bird surveys in October 2019:

    Posted: 20 December 2019.