Press releases from the family of UK National Parks

  • First successful sea eagle breeding in Deeside for around 200 years.

    Cairngorms National Park

    A pair of sea eagles have bred successfully in Deeside for the first time in around 200 years,… The post First successful sea eagle breeding in Deeside for around 200 years. appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 15 September 2020.

  • Lowestoft railway station unveils new mural

    Broads National Park

    A new Broads mural has been unveiled to brighten up the surroundings at Lowestoft train station.

    Posted: 14 September 2020.

  • Cairngorms National Park Authority is Switched-On to e-transport

    Cairngorms National Park

    The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) have a green future ahead as they make the switch to electric… The post Cairngorms National Park Authority is Switched-On to e-transport appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 14 September 2020.

  • Dales farmers meet Ministers in hay meadow

    Yorkshire Dales National Park

    Farmers Paul Hunter and Caroline Harrison met Farming Minister Victoria Prentis and Chancellor and local MP Rishi Sunak in the Yorkshire Dales National Park this morning. Paul and Caroline are two of 18 farmers in Wensleydale and Coverdale who are piloting a ‘payment by results’ agri-environment scheme, in which they get paid for conserving either […] The post Dales farmers meet Ministers in hay meadow appeared first on Yorkshire Dales National Park.

    Posted: 11 September 2020.

  • CNPA Board considers visitor management issues

    Cairngorms National Park

    The Cairngorms National Park Authority is to consider the infrastructure and staffing needs required to better manage visitor… The post CNPA Board considers visitor management issues appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 11 September 2020.

  • Capture the enchanting beauty of autumn in the South Downs National Park

    South Downs National Park

    Golden caramel fields, rusty red leaves, purple heathers and gorgeous pink sunsets – all the spectacular colours that make autumn special. As the South Downs National Park prepares to put on its annual dazzling display, people are being encouraged to capture the enchanting beauty of autumn as the deadline looms for this year’s Photography Competition. The contest launched in June and, with the clock counting down to the deadline of 23 October, the changing of the seasons is a great time to explore the National Park with a camera. The contest is offering a first prize of £250 to the

    Posted: 11 September 2020.

  • Major recruitment drive for people to help shape National Park

    South Downs National Park

    An exciting opportunity has come up to help shape the future of the National Park and make it an even better place for everyone. The National Park Authority is launching a major recruitment drive for volunteers to join the Citizens Panel – an important community-based panel made up of people living in or near the National Park. Since 2017, hundreds of people have joined the panel and work with the National Park Authority on key issues around activities, events, volunteering, campaigns and community work. The panel helps to determine what issues are important to residents and what the authority and

    Posted: 11 September 2020.

  • Inspiring new sculpture trail brings stories of precious South Downs heaths to life

    South Downs National Park

    Intricate pieces of art that tell the story of the history, wildlife and people of heathlands have been unveiled and are now ready to be explored. Inspired by stories from communities and drawing upon sources as diverse as the poet Tennyson and a 391-year-old local map, the educational trail links seven precious heathland sites in the National Park. The Heathlands Sculpture Trail aims to encourage people to visit their local heathland and learn more about them – as well explore other heaths in the area. The beautiful sandstone carvings tell the story of why heaths are so important – as

    Posted: 11 September 2020.

  • Live Planning Committee meetings – September update

    New Forest National Park

    The September Planning Committee meeting was held on Tuesday 15 September at 10am. Click here for the recording of the meeting View the September agenda and papers See the full planning documents In April we held the first ever live streamed Planning Committee meeting – and the first in any National Park Authority. The aim […] The post Live Planning Committee meetings – September update appeared first on New Forest National Park Authority.

    Posted: 10 September 2020.

  • Helping Every School Child in Northumberland Connect with Nature

    Northumberland National Park

    Northumberland National Park are launching a new education programme, highlighting the importance of nature in young people’s education, health and wellbeing. In order to kick off the programme the National Park are gifting every first school in Northumberland with a copy of multi award winning book, The Lost Words, which is the subject of the […] The page Helping Every School Child in Northumberland Connect with Nature first appeared on Northumberland National Park.

    Posted: 10 September 2020.

  • Can you help with South Downs Covid-19 research?

    South Downs National Park

    People living in East Sussex are being invited to take part in a research study to give their thoughts on how Covid-19 has changed their relationship with the South Downs. The study is being led by the National Trust, South Downs National Park Authority and partners as part of the lottery-funded Changing Chalk project – a new inspiring initiative aiming to reverse the decline in chalk grassland and help connect people with this special landscape. As well as its natural beauty, the South Downs’ chalk grassland – often likened to “Europe’s rainforest in miniature” – is known for its incredible

    Posted: 10 September 2020.

  • Tribute to a dedicated advocate for the South Downs

    South Downs National Park

    Looking back at the illustrious life of Lord Renton is Phil Belden, who was Countryside Manager/Deputy Chief Officer under Lord Renton’s Chairmanship of the South Downs Joint Committee (with thanks to Martin Beaton, ex-CEO of the South Downs Joint Committee, for his reflections) Lord Renton was the independent Chairman of the forerunner to the South Downs National Park, Sussex Downs Conservation Board (SDCB), then South Downs Joint Committee (SDJC), from 1998 to 2008, the critical period when the National Park debate took centre stage. He took over the helm at the end of a six year “national experiment in Area

    Posted: 10 September 2020.

  • Major lottery boost for cultural heritage sites in South Downs National Park

    South Downs National Park

    Much-loved heritage sites in the South Downs have received a welcome boost after winning lottery funding. The historic Cowdray Ruins, which are set in the heart of the National Park and opposite the South Downs Centre, will benefit from £45,200 in lottery funding. Due to the need for urgent repair works the magnificent ruins, both a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Grade I listed building, had to limit access to visitors. The ruins are an evocative reminder of one of the country’s most important Tudor houses with historical, social and political significance – having hosted visits by Henry VIII and Elizabeth

    Posted: 10 September 2020.

  • Why hedges can be havens for nature

    South Downs National Park

    Ollie Seal, Assistant Ranger for the Central Downs team, explains the art of hedgelaying…and how it can give a big boost to nature. Is there any better use of a hedge than to lay it? Maybe. But the benefits of doing so are phenomenal. Hedgelaying is a practice that the National Hedgelaying Society describe as ‘sympathetic management’. Certainly this traditional skill is time consuming and labour intensive but the results pay off. In its simplest form, the craft of hedgelaying requires laying each stem of the hedge horizontally, after using a billhook to cut into the lower section of the

    Posted: 10 September 2020.

  • Fun game encourages exploring the outdoors

    South Downs National Park

    People are being invited to take part in an exciting physical activity game launching this month. Beat the Street Eastbourne will take place from 16 September to 4 November, coinciding with the launch of  Eastbourne Walking Festival that starts on 18 September. (Please note at the time of going to press, Beat the Street is going ahead but please check the Walking Festival website closer to the date to ensure that it’s still going ahead due to the updated guidelines) It’s a free interactive game that encourages people of all ages to move more and to get active. Beeping and

    Posted: 10 September 2020.