Press releases from the family of UK National Parks

  • Farmers ‘score’ hay meadows as part of trial scheme

    Yorkshire Dales National Park

    Twelve Dales farmers participating in a pilot payment scheme have surveyed the species-richness of their traditional hay meadows – and submitted score sheets for potentially the last time.  The farming scheme in Wensleydale and Coverdale – now in its fifth and final year – is paying the farmers according to the results they produce; the […] The post Farmers ‘score’ hay meadows as part of trial scheme appeared first on Yorkshire Dales National Park.

    Posted: 3 August 2020.

  • Weekly list of active planning applications – 3 August 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 – 3 August 2020 appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 3 August 2020.

  • Broads Authority Rangers celebrated this World Ranger Day

    Broads National Park

    Today we are celebrating the amazing work that Rangers and Ranger Volunteers do in the Broads.

    Posted: 31 July 2020.

  • Resignation of Deputy Convener

    Cairngorms National Park

    “On Wednesday 29th July, Geva Blackett tendered her resignation as Deputy Convener of the CNPA Board. I would… The post Resignation of Deputy Convener appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 31 July 2020.

  • Pat on the back for Park rangers on World Ranger Day

    Cairngorms National Park

    Rangers working in the Cairngorms National Park are here to provide a warm welcome to visitors and support… The post Pat on the back for Park rangers on World Ranger Day appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 31 July 2020.

  • Two new members for the board of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

    Yorkshire Dales National Park

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have appointed two new members to the board of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) replacing Jocelyn Manners-Armstrong and Judith Donovan who both reached the end of their four-year terms. They are Mark Corner and Derek Twine. Mark Corner Mark Corner is a trustee and former […] The post Two new members for the board of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority appeared first on Yorkshire Dales National Park.

    Posted: 30 July 2020.

  • Children’s amazing artistry culminates in special celebratory postcards

    South Downs National Park

    Colourful postcards featuring artwork from young artists have been unveiled to mark the 10th birthday of the South Downs National Park. Earlier this year the National Park teamed up with music, art and drama festival MADhurst to organise a children’s wildlife art competition. Scores of children from across the South East took part – many of whom were staying at home during the lockdown. [caption id="attachment_48390" align="aligncenter" width="1380"] Winning artwork from the competition[/caption] The winner in the under-5 category is Harry Whitbread with his barn owl artwork, while the 6-8 category has been won by Rufus Robertson with his depiction

    Posted: 29 July 2020.

  • Important farmland bird survey will take place next year

    Cairngorms National Park

    An important survey of farmland waders, which couldn’t happen this spring due to Covid-19, will now take place… The post Important farmland bird survey will take place next year appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 29 July 2020.

  • New Forest National Park Authority approves Fawley Waterside development

    New Forest National Park

    The New Forest National Park Authority has approved the planning development proposal on the site of the former Fawley power station. At a virtual meeting today, the Authority’s Planning Committee approved the scheme which has been five years in the planning, and is the most significant to have ever been considered by the National Park […] The post New Forest National Park Authority approves Fawley Waterside development appeared first on New Forest National Park Authority.

    Posted: 28 July 2020.

  • Idyllic Rural Housing in Dulverton

    Exmoor National Park

    Posted: 28 July 2020.

  • New community running track is ready, set, go!

    South Downs National Park

    Hundreds of schoolchildren and runners of all ages will benefit from a new community running track, thanks to £71,000 of Section 106 funding. Herne Junior School in Petersfield is building an all-weather one-mile running track that will be used by its 470 pupils, other schoolchildren and the wider community. Despite having an ample-sized field, the school’s all-weather outside facilities have historically been limited during the winter months because the field is often waterlogged and muddy. The new community running track will make exercise accessible to all, throughout the year. The facility, set to be completed later this year, has been

    Posted: 28 July 2020.

  • Planning Authority helps nature recovery as heathland site gets conservation boost

    South Downs National Park

    The future of one of England’s most important and wildlife-rich heathlands is looking brighter than ever after a major fundraising initiative that was boosted by the National Park’s planning teams. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (AC) successfully reached its target of raising £200,000, allowing the charity to buy 20 hectares of heathland at Blackmoor, near Bordon, Hampshire. During the year-long fundraising appeal, the National Park Authority was able to help with £42,600 of Section 106 funding. Blackmoor is part of Woolmer Forest Site of Special Scientific Interest, an area that is unique in Britain, and of special significance to ARC, in

    Posted: 27 July 2020.

  • Promoting the benefits of sustainable drainage in strategic planning

    South Downs National Park

    Earlier this year a major five-year £500,000 project was launched to help safeguard the chalk aquifer of the South Downs that supplies water to 1.2m people and is under increasing threat from climate change. The Aquifer Partnership (TAP) will work to protect groundwater in the Brighton Chalk Block from pollution, as well as increase resilience to climate change and extreme weather events that can cause flooding and drought. Led by a partnership between the South Downs National Park Authority, Brighton & Hove City Council, Southern Water, and the Environment Agency, the wide-reaching programme will work with residents, farmers, landowners, and

    Posted: 27 July 2020.

  • Ambassador scheme launched to help protect the New Forest

    New Forest National Park

    The New Forest National Park Authority is inviting people to become New Forest Ambassadors to help support its work protecting this internationally-important area. Since Covid-19 travel restrictions were eased the New Forest has, like many other locations, received unprecedented numbers of people returning to enjoy time outside. Most people cause no issues and given the […] The post Ambassador scheme launched to help protect the New Forest appeared first on New Forest National Park Authority.

    Posted: 27 July 2020.

  • Enforcement continues to provide vital service for South Downs National Park

    South Downs National Park

    Planning enforcement is a key service provided by the National Park Authority and teams have been busy throughout the lockdown period ensuring that approved plans and conditions are followed. Site visits resumed in May with social distancing in place after a short, temporary pause. Heather Lealan, Development Management Lead who oversees the enforcement function of the Authority, explained: “As one of the largest planning authorities in England working in a protected landscape, our enforcement remit is incredibly important. “It’s an area of our work that the public rightly see as a vital service and we’ve worked extremely hard to ensure

    Posted: 27 July 2020.