Press releases from the family of UK National Parks

  • 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.

  • Craven Parish Member vacancy

    Yorkshire Dales National Park

    A parish councillor or chair of a parish meeting with a passion for the Yorkshire Dales National Park is needed to sit on the board of the National Park Authority. They would represent the 25 parishes in the Craven East part of the National Park (see below). All parish councillors and chairs of parish meetings […] The post Craven Parish Member vacancy appeared first on Yorkshire Dales National Park.

    Posted: 10 September 2020.

  • Temporary closures on Monsal Trail for conservation and essential safety work

    Peak District National Park

    The Peak District National Park Authority is asking people to be aware that sections of the Monsal Trail will be closed from Monday September 28, for two weeks, on Monday to Friday only.

    Posted: 9 September 2020.

  • Equine rangers are relaunched

    South Downs National Park

    A dedicated team of equine rangers have been relaunched by Sussex Police and partners to help tackle a rise in rural crime. The Sussex Equine Rangers now have 14 volunteers who will be tackling rural crime and anti-social behaviour in collaboration with Sussex Police’s newly-formed Rural Crime Team. The team of specially trained horse riders have swung back into action to help combat the rise in rural crime during lockdown and beyond. The team was originally launched in 2015 as a pilot project. Rural crime has risen in the last six months by 20 per cent, increasing from 429 incidents

    Posted: 9 September 2020.

  • More Hen Harriers Being Bred While Raptor Persecution Continues

    Yorkshire Dales National Park

    Natural England has recorded the best year for hen harrier breeding in England since its hen harrier recovery project was established in 2002, with 60 chicks fledged from 19 nests across Northumberland, Yorkshire Dales, Cumbria and Lancashire in early summer 2020. Ian McPherson, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Member Champion for Natural Environment, said: “It’s great […] The post More Hen Harriers Being Bred While Raptor Persecution Continues appeared first on Yorkshire Dales National Park.

    Posted: 9 September 2020.

  • Mountain Rescuers Ask People To Be Adventure Smart

    Northumberland National Park

    Northumberland National Park and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Teams along with Northumbria Police, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service, Northumberland National Park Authority and Forestry England are asking hill goers and climbers to be adventure smart. “Over recent weeks,” said Chief Superintendent Janice Hutton, “Northumbria Police has received a number of calls into their control […] The page Mountain Rescuers Ask People To Be Adventure Smart first appeared on Northumberland National Park.

    Posted: 8 September 2020.

  • Five Autumn walks in the South Downs

    South Downs National Park

    The South Downs is a beautiful place to explore at any time of the year, but there’s something really special about enjoying a walk in the countryside in the autumn, with misty mornings and the crunch of frosted fallen leaves under your feet. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite walks to enjoy this Autumn, you can find all of these and more on our Walking page. Our walking and cycling trails can also be downloaded on ViewRanger, an Android and iOS app, which makes them even easier to follow and saves your printer ink. Arundel [caption id="attachment_42039" align="alignright"

    Posted: 6 September 2020.

  • Lake District National Park Authority announces financial plan to secure future

    Lake District National Park

    This week, Members of the National Park Authority agreed to open a consultation on proposals to make the financial savings required to secure future services and practical work across the National Park. Like many organisations and businesses, the National Park Authority has been financially impacted by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, leading to a budget deficit of £1.2m for 2021/22.

    Posted: 4 September 2020.