Press releases from the family of UK National Parks

  • Discover National Parks Fortnight kicks off this weekend

    Broads National Park

    Discover National Parks Fortnight takes place from 6-21 April.

    Posted: 6 April 2019.

  • Discover National Parks fortnight kicks off this weekend

    New Forest National Park

    Discover National Parks Fortnight – a two-week celebration across the UK – starts tomorrow (Saturday 6 April) with events and experiences to inspire people of all ages to go outside and learn more about these special places. This year’s celebration marks the 70th Anniversary of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act […] The post Discover National Parks fortnight kicks off this weekend appeared first on New Forest National Park Authority.

    Posted: 5 April 2019.

  • Coming up: Family activity days in Yorkshire Dales

    Yorkshire Dales National Park

    Flowers, lambs, red squirrels and dormice all feature in a packed programme of events and activities getting underway in the Yorkshire Dales National Park to celebrate ‘Discover National Parks Fortnight’.

    Posted: 5 April 2019.

  • Discover National Parks fortnight kicks off this weekend

    Peak District National Park

    This Saturday (6 April) marks the start of Discover National Parks Fortnight – a two-week celebration across the UK with events and experiences running throughout the Easter holidays to inspire people of all ages and interests to go outside and explore and learn more about these special places.

    Posted: 5 April 2019.

  • New Forest stream restoration shortlisted for prestigious UK award

    New Forest National Park

    Forestry England Press Release on behalf of the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme: An environmental scheme to return New Forest streams and wetlands to their natural state has been chosen as one of the UK’s most important river restorations. Shortlisted as a finalist in the 2019 UK River Prize, the project has restored natural bends or […] The post New Forest stream restoration shortlisted for prestigious UK award appeared first on New Forest National Park Authority.

    Posted: 4 April 2019.

  • Mend Our Way hits £120,000 target

    South Downs National Park

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Mend Our Way appeal.  A campaign to fix one of Britain’s most treasured walking trails, the South Downs Way, has hit its £120,000 target following an incredible community fundraising effort. The public, community groups, local businesses and donors have all rallied round to raise the sum in just over a year to ensure that vital improvements are made to the 100-mile national trail, which runs between Winchester and Eastbourne.  Now the South Downs National Park Trust, the charity co-ordinating the Mend Our Way fundraising campaign, is extending a massive ‘thank you’ to

    Posted: 4 April 2019.

  • Help reveal the buried secrets of Burley

    New Forest National Park

    Archaeology and history enthusiasts are invited to have their own Time Team experience and take part in a community-wide dig to uncover the hidden history of Burley. From Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 April, more than 30 residents are opening archaeological test pits in their gardens as part of a festival of archaeology in the […] The post Help reveal the buried secrets of Burley appeared first on New Forest National Park Authority.

    Posted: 3 April 2019.

  • Update on Markwells Wood restoration

    South Downs National Park

    Heather Lealan, Development Management Lead, gives a detailed update on this sensitive woodland site as a restoration scheme gets underway. The site is within an area of ancient woodland known as Markwells Wood, near Forestside, in West Sussex. Part of Markwell’s Wood was cleared under planning permission approved in 2009 by West Sussex County Council.  This permission allowed the exploration of hydrocarbons for a temporary period to May 2011. A number of further applications were subsequently approved that allowed the exploration phase to continue but required that the site be restored to woodland by 30 September 2016. In summer 2016

    Posted: 3 April 2019.

  • Section 106 Update Spring 2019

    South Downs National Park

    During 2018 we allocated almost £250,000 of grants to parishes, town councils and community projects across the National Park.  Since the last Planning Newsletter, funded projects include: £131,000 to Midhurst Town Council to assist the acquisition of the Old Library in Knockhundred Row, Midhurst to be used as offices and a community facility. £1,780 towards the clearance of overgrown area, West Tisted. £4,700 on improvement works to a Byeway Open to All Traffic (BOAT), Froxfield and Privett Parish. £5,327 for the supply of picnic tables and benches, Sheet. £75,000 for the play area at Borough Road, Petersfield. £23,481 to the

    Posted: 3 April 2019.

  • South Downs Local Plan progresses to final stages

    South Downs National Park

    A landscape-led strategy that will shape all planning decisions in the National Park is close to being adopted, writes Lucy Howard, Planning Policy Manager at the SDNPA. The South Downs Local Plan is the first Local Plan to cover the entire South Downs National Park. It provides policies which put our nationally important landscapes at the heart of every planning decision we make. The Local Plan was submitted to the Government in April of last year, who appointed an independent planning inspector, Mr Brian Sims, to assess the ‘soundness’ of the Plan. Following a series of public hearings in November

    Posted: 3 April 2019.

  • Acclaimed writer Robert Macfarlane set to help National Park find a new generation of nature poets

    North York Moors National Park

    This summer acclaimed writer Robert Macfarlane will judge a competition organised by the North York Moors National Park’s Inspired by… gallery that aims to inspire a new generation of nature poetry writers.

    Posted: 3 April 2019.

  • Authority approves two innovative projects for farm diversification

    South Downs National Park

    Two innovative farm diversification schemes have been given the green light by the South Downs National Park Authority. The Planning Committee voted to approve plans for multi-million pound projects at the Wiston Estate, North Farm, Washington, and Sky Park Farm in West Harting. Work has now started to create a rural business park anchored by the Wiston Estate Winery. The plans include demolishing, converting, and extending the current winery and offices, in addition to building five self-contained holiday units. The work is being supported by a wide-ranging infrastructure package, including improved habitat connectivity, better routes and wayfinding for users and

    Posted: 3 April 2019.

  • Prosecution after alterations harm historic character of Grade II listed building in Peak District National Park

    Peak District National Park

    A married couple and a joiner have been prosecuted by the Peak District National Park Authority after making unauthorised alterations to a building dating back to the 17th century. Christopher and Sarah Gillott, of Hurds Hollow, Matlock, pleaded guilty at Chesterfield Magistrates Court to five charges relating to their former home, The Lodge - a Grade II listed building within the conservation area of Winster. Joiner Simon Mcloughlin, of Greenhill, Wirksworth, also admitted five charges.

    Posted: 2 April 2019.

  • Shared Stories project turns its attention to Tomintoul

    Cairngorms National Park

    The next in the series of creative writing workshops for the ‘Shared Stories: A Year in the Cairngorms’… The post Shared Stories project turns its attention to Tomintoul appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 2 April 2019.

  • Discover Exmoor this National Parks Fortnight

    Exmoor National Park

    Posted: 2 April 2019.