Press releases from the family of UK National Parks

  • Put pen to paper for nature with Cairngorms Writer in Residence

    Cairngorms National Park

    The first creative writing workshops for the ‘Shared Stories: A Year in the Cairngorms’ project get underway next… The post Put pen to paper for nature with Cairngorms Writer in Residence appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 12 February 2019.

  • Miles without Stiles – the easy way to enjoy the Peak District National Park

    Peak District National Park

    The Peak District National Park’s most accessible routes are highlighted in a new book, Miles without Stiles. The guide introduces 20 routes, showcasing some of the Peak District’s finest landscapes. It contains clear maps and descriptions along with striking photography.

    Posted: 11 February 2019.

  • Broads Briefing - February 2019

    Broads National Park

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

    Posted: 9 February 2019.

  • Count the stars and help to save them

    South Downs National Park

    Written by Emma Marrington, Senior Rural Policy Campaigner at Campaign to Protect Rural England. Image above © Matthew Savage. When was the last time you experienced a truly dark, star-filled night sky, even in the countryside? Or saw the beauty of the Milky Way clearly? It’s part of our national heritage but I suspect that there are many children nowadays who are so used to living under the constant glow of light pollution that they too would be astounded by a truly dark night sky. Dark skies filled with stars are one of the most magical sights our countryside has

    Posted: 8 February 2019.

  • The Light of my Life

    South Downs National Park

    Written by Michael Blencowe of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Image above © Derek Middleton There comes a time in everyone’s life when they tire of the fleeting distractions and amusements that our modern society has to offer. That day came to me at the age of five. So I became a naturalist and as the years passed by I discovered an alternative universe of endless fascination and wonder. While my peers sat indoors with their Action Men and Ataris I’d be found on some desolate, windswept estuary scanning the mudflats with my binoculars. But, brothers and sisters, I have a

    Posted: 8 February 2019.

  • Romance is in the air: Five ideas for Valentine’s Day in the South Downs

    South Downs National Park

    The beautiful landscape of the South Downs has inspired many tales of romance, including the distinguished novelist Jane Austen. With so many impressive venues and inspiring locations, couples are spoilt for choice in the National Park. Here are five ideas on how to celebrate the special day this February: Afternoon tea at Goodwood House Who could resist a sumptuous afternoon tea served in the magnificent ballroom of the great English country house? Picnic and a romantic stroll Comestibles Deli and Community Café in Midhurst offer a ready-made picnic for pick up. Follow by a walk round Cowdray, Petworth Park or

    Posted: 8 February 2019.

  • Telling the story of the South Downs – Writer in Residence is announced

    South Downs National Park

    Applause Rural Touring and the South Downs National Park Authority are delighted to announce an exciting new project to support a creative Writer in Residence. Playwright and community arts practitioner Sara Clifford will work closely with communities across the National Park this Spring, gathering material on what it means to local residents to live in […] The post Telling the story of the South Downs – Writer in Residence is announced appeared first on South Downs National Park.

    Posted: 8 February 2019.

  • Local Plan is a step closer to adoption

    South Downs National Park

    Following a series of public hearing sessions in November and December last year, the Planning Inspector has asked the National Park Authority to make a number of “Main Modifications” to the first ever Local Plan for the South Downs. Those changes focus on ensuring the “soundness” of the 15-year plan. While the consultation is looking at the soundness of the Plan only, every comment on the Main Modifications will be passed, exactly as submitted, to the Planning Inspector who will respond to them as part of his examination into the Local Plan. The consultation started on 1 February and will

    Posted: 8 February 2019.

  • The wonderful benefits of the South Downs for children’s mental health

    South Downs National Park

    Did you know that the mental health benefits of going for a walk can last seven hours? The link between the great outdoors and wellness is nothing new, but mounting evidence across a range of studies points towards there being a real scientific connection between experiencing the natural world and a long-lasting positive impact on mental health. Whether it’s a long country walk along Harting Down, interacting with wildlife at Pulborough Brooks, or soaking up the awe-inspiring views at Cuckmere Haven, the South Downs is a treasure trove of feel-good opportunities. With that in mind we’re supporting Children’s Mental Health

    Posted: 7 February 2019.

  • The Importance of Dark Night Skies

    South Downs National Park

    The South Downs Dark Skies Festival is running from 15 February until March 3 2019. We're sharing articles to help you understand what we mean by dark night skies, their importance and their effect on wildlife and our wellbeing. This article was written by Graham Bryant FRAS, President of Hampshire Astronomical Group. Image © Deepal Ratnayaka. If like me you appreciate the unique environment of the South Downs you will not fail to appreciate a wonderful stroll on a crisp winter’s day along many of its footpaths, especially if you are walking off some overindulgence of this festive season. During

    Posted: 7 February 2019.

  • Sowing the seeds of community involvement at Brockhole

    Lake District National Park

    Plans to restore the historic kitchen garden at the Lake District National Park’s Visitor Centre, Brockhole, have recently been unveiled and volunteers are being encouraged to sign up to help along the way.

    Posted: 6 February 2019.

  • Deadline looming to stand as a candidate in CNPA elections

    Cairngorms National Park

    It’s just a week until nomination forms for those wishing to put themselves forward as candidates in the… The post Deadline looming to stand as a candidate in CNPA elections appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 5 February 2019.

  • Become a Parish Councillor and be the voice of your National Park community

    North York Moors National Park

    Help shape your local area and consider standing as a Parish Councillor. The forthcoming local elections in May of this year will not only decide the make-up of parish and district councils, but will also affect the membership of the National Park Authority itself.

    Posted: 5 February 2019.

  • Brighton holiday provider launches partnership to help support vital projects in National Park

    South Downs National Park

    Leading holiday business Best of Brighton has launched an innovative partnership to help protect and enhance the South Downs National Park for future generations. Best of Brighton, which runs more than 120 holiday cottages and apartments across the city and Sussex, has become an official Visitor Giving partner of the South Downs National Park Trust. The partnership, launching on February 1, will mean that holiday-makers have the option of donating £1 on top of the cost of their stay to help protect the extraordinary landscape on the city’s doorstep. All voluntary donations will go to the Trust, which is working

    Posted: 4 February 2019.

  • Broads Authority takes steps to secure the future of rare bat species

    Broads National Park

    The Broads Authority has invested in 30 bat boxes to provide roosting places for Nathusius’ pipistrelle.

    Posted: 4 February 2019.