The UK’s National Parks and Clif Bar are working together on ‘National Parks Protectors’ a scheme which will fund a series of major conservation projects taking place across five of the National Parks in 2019, as well as supporting the environmental protection of the remaining ten National Parks.
Clif Bar has a long history of supporting environmental projects in the USA and Canada, but this is the first time the company has lent its support in the UK. The brand, which sells a range of energy bars to support active lifestyles, is committed to running a different kind of food company and is passionate about protecting the places in which it plays and to the communities in which it lives.
Clif Bar’s support will play a lead role in bolstering the environmental protection programmes of the UK National Parks, which cover 9% of the land area of Great Britain and sustain a huge level of vital habitats and wildlife.
All 15 of the UK’s National Parks will benefit in 2019, with those not running a special project still receiving a smaller grant to support their choice of conservation work during the year.
The five major projects supported in 2019 are:
Peak District - Operation Wildfire and Moors for the Future
The long hot summer of 2018 brought challenges for the Peak District National Park in the form of huge, destructive wildfires. Swathes of its internationally important landscapes were affected, with devastating consequences.
This programme will train volunteers to keep a close eye on conditions on the moorlands to support fire prevention and early detection, reduce the scale and impact of Wildfires when they do occur, educate and provide advice and support on wildfire issues, and support Moorland restoration where fires have occurred.
Northumberland - Dark Sky Friendly Lighting Scheme in Northumberland International Dark Sky Park
This project will ensure that the pristine dark skies of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park are conserved for the wonder of this generation and the next. Raising public awareness of the issues around bad outdoor lighting on wildlife and our health, together with a focus on replacing or retro-fitting bad lighting with good.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority - Paths, Pollinators and People
Paths, Pollinators and People is a pilot project that aims to enhance the biodiversity alongside the Newgale to Abereiddi section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
This project is the first step towards a longer-term aim of maintaining the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in a way that improves biodiversity and wildlife interest for visitors, whilst at the same time ensuring its quality as a National Trail.
Broads National Park – Bike Bug Hotel
Supporting the creation of two bike racks at Whitlingham Country Park that has a whole series of features built into it to provide space for invertebrates/mini-beasts; attracting beetles, spiders, butterflies and moths.
In addition, it is hoped that the bike racks will help to attract more visitors to Whitlingham Country Park via bicycle, especially families, where the quieter country roads are more suitable for parents and children to cycle together. National Cycle Route No1 runs through the park and the shelters will be a good spot for visitors to stop, park up their bike and enjoy the country park for a while.
New Forest National Park - Working Woodlands Project
Enabling vital restoration and enhancement of three woodlands to increase the diversity of wildlife. The Working Woodlands project aims to bring around 120 hectares of woodlands back into active management to improve biodiversity; make woodlands more resilient to unfavourable conditions such as disease; increase the amount of habitat available for many threatened and declining species; and train 150 people in woodland management skills. The project will also increase public access to woodland, create a detailed record of the current state of unmanaged woodlands, and give advice, support and training to woodland owners.