Press releases from the family of UK National Parks

  • Farmers in South Downs work closer together to care for landscape and wildlife

    South Downs National Park

    Farmers across the South Downs have joined forces to create an online portal as they aim to work closer together to care for the landscape. More than 75 per cent of the South Downs National Park is farmland and farmers play a critical role in looking after the landscape and its wildlife. Although the UK is in lockdown, their work goes on, caring for the land and providing vital food production to keep the country going in these difficult times. Now more than 120 farms through six farmer-led groups across Hampshire and Sussex are collaborating on a new online platform

    Posted: 6 April 2020.

  • Weekly list of active planning applications – 6 April 2020

    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 – 6 April 2020 appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 6 April 2020.

  • Coronavirus update – 5 April 2020

    South Downs National Park

    These are difficult times for us all. The staff and Members at the National Park Authority are working hard to keep things as normal as possible. In line with the latest Government advice we have taken the decision to close all of our offices with immediate effect.  We will keep this page updated as circumstances change. Please use your nearest green or open space to minimise travel and avoid places that are normally busy with visitors when taking your once a day outdoor exercise, as advised by Government. Please follow the Government’s guidance on social distancing – this means you

    Posted: 5 April 2020.

  • Broads Briefing - April 2020

    Broads National Park

    John Packman's Broads Briefing for April 2020 is now available to read.

    Posted: 3 April 2020.

  • Carbon emissions to be ‘practically eliminated’ by 2030

    Yorkshire Dales National Park

    The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has adopted an ambitious new ‘Carbon Reduction Plan’, six months after declaring a climate emergency. It requires the Authority to practically eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from its operations over the course of the decade. The plan had been due to come before Members at a full Authority meeting on […] The post Carbon emissions to be ‘practically eliminated’ by 2030 appeared first on Yorkshire Dales National Park.

    Posted: 3 April 2020.

  • Connecting communities with local suppliers and support during the Covid-19 pandemic

    South Downs National Park

    During this challenging time we felt it was important to help connect our communities by providing information on local food and drink suppliers, and other help available particularly for the vulnerable and elderly, being provided both by businesses and communities. We have created this interactive map so that you can search and find suppliers, deliveries and support local to where you live: .embed-container {position: relative; padding-bottom: 80%; height: 0; max-width: 100%;} .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container iframe{position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;} small{position: absolute; z-index: 40; bottom: 0; margin-bottom: -15px;}  We have been overwhelmed by

    Posted: 3 April 2020.

  • 'Keep following Government guidance' - National Park's response on travel to beauty spots

    North York Moors National Park

    After seeing a dramatic reduction in the amount of people heading out into the North York Moors over the last week, the National Park Authority is reminding everyone that no one should be travelling into or around the National Park unless this is absolutely essential.

    Posted: 3 April 2020.

  • New fund supports school wildlife project

    Yorkshire Dales National Park

    Cracoe and Rylstone Primary School in Craven has received the first grant from the new Swinden Quarry Natural Environment Fund. Pupils received £2,000 to create an allotment and wildlife garden on land next to the school. They are pictured celebrating their success in the days before the school shut in response to the Coronavirus emergency. […] The post New fund supports school wildlife project appeared first on Yorkshire Dales National Park.

    Posted: 3 April 2020.

  • Grow your own with the help of green-fingered Laura

    South Downs National Park

    Staying at home can be a fruitful process...by growing fruit and vegetables in your garden, writes Laura Warren. I work in the Communications and Engagement Team at the South Downs National Park Authority and my day job is running our events programme, so I had been eagerly looking forward to celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the National Park with a ranger roadshow visiting 10 town centres across the Easter break. But since the outbreak of coronavirus life has changed and I have instead been helping first time gardeners set up a vegetable patch in their back-garden, patio or even balcony. Not

    Posted: 3 April 2020.

  • Wildlife art competition is now open!

    South Downs National Park

    Do your children or grandchildren love drawing, colouring or painting? To celebrate the 10th anniversary, Midhurst’s biggest music, arts, and culture festival, MADhurst, has joined forces with the South Downs National Park with a nature-loving art competition. Rebecca Osborne, who works at the National Park and is helping with the competition, said: “We’re looking to inspire children to turn one of our iconic species into a piece of art. “Whether it’s an otter, barn owl or Adonis Blue butterfly, we want children to let their imaginations run wild from the comfort of their homes. “This is a great activity for

    Posted: 2 April 2020.

  • A date for your virtual diary – The Countryside Canine Series

    South Downs National Park

    This Easter weekend you can catch animal behaviourist Natalie Light talking live on Facebook about all things dog! With the current social distancing restrictions in place, our four-legged friends have become brilliant distractions from the woes of the world. And with only one walk allowed a day, it’s more important than ever that we make the most of that time to safely explore the countryside close to home. As part of our Take the Lead campaign, Natalie will be live on Facebook over the bank holiday weekend giving top tips on how you can be a responsible dog walker and

    Posted: 2 April 2020.

  • The top 10 biodiversity success stories for the South Downs National Park – and looking ahead to the future

    South Downs National Park

    With its abundance of iconic birds, mammals, fish, plants, invertebrates and internationally-important habitats, the South Downs National Park is a haven for wildlife in the busiest part of the UK. The fight to protect and enhance this beautiful sanctuary of flora and fauna is not without its challenges, not least the globally-recognised threats of climate change and human impacts. But the designation of the South Downs National Park 10 years ago on March 31, 2010, marked a significant step forward. And, in the 10 years since, great strides have been made to help improve biodiversity. This vital work is ongoing

    Posted: 2 April 2020.

  • The Robin’s Red Breast

    Northumberland National Park

    Today’s blog comes from ecology graduate Tom Harper. Tom loves being in nature and learning about the species that make up different ecosystems. If you’re like me, you’ll be itching to get outside at the moment, exploring the wealth of nature Northumberland and the UK has to offer. But don’t worry – you can! By […] The page The Robin’s Red Breast first appeared on Northumberland National Park.

    Posted: 2 April 2020.

  • Helping young people connect with nature: Taking the outdoors inside (the classroom)

    South Downs National Park

    The National Park’s education team are signposting schools to resources that will help pupils stay in touch with the great outdoors, including recording wildlife from home, creating colourful artwork of chalk grassland and a fun e-book. Jonathan Dean, Education Officer, explained: “We know that staff in schools will be working especially hard to keep in touch with their pupils and families over the coming weeks and we recognise that the most important thing for everyone right now is to stay safe and stay at home, to look after themselves, their families and loved ones. "Over the past 10 years, we

    Posted: 2 April 2020.

  • A digital delight! Explore the South Downs’ amazing art, history and culture

    South Downs National Park

    A fascinating collection of digital assets, ranging from the delightful diaries of a founding father of natural history to a virtual tour of an iconic 17th century house, are available for the public to enjoy. While most creative and cultural venues remain closed, Anooshka Rawden, Cultural Heritage Lead for the National Park, is encouraging people to connect with the heritage of the South Downs and surrounding areas – all from the comfort of their own homes. Anooshka explained: “There’s nothing quite like a visit to a museum, stately home or art gallery and having the chance to come face-to-face with

    Posted: 2 April 2020.