Green Space Dark Skies invites 20,000 people, from all paths in life, to make a journey into the landscape together. There, we will illuminate wild and beautiful places across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as dusk falls. Open to all, each mass gathering celebrates nature, our responsibility to protect it and everyone’s right to explore the countryside.
National Parks UK is proud to be a project partner for Green Space Dark Skies.
Inspired by the 90th anniversary of the Kinder Scout Trespass, Green Space Dark Skies perfectly fits with the ethos and purposes of National Parks in the UK. It is designed to create a national dialogue about our rights, responsibilities and relationship with nature and landscapes. Core to this will be an exploration of the barriers to access green and blue spaces that some groups in society still face – updating the discourse sparked on Kinder Scout in 1932.
Green Space Dark Skies is one of ten major projects commissioned as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK the ground-breaking UK-wide celebration of creativity in 2022. Led by outdoor arts pioneers Walk the Plank, Green Space Dark Skies takes place from April to September. Over six months, thousands of people will become Lumenators, carrying special lights designed by Siemens at up to 20 different secret locations. There, we will create art outdoors, recorded by film and photography.
The inspiration is the 90th anniversary of the 1932 Kinder Scout mass trespass, when 500 people walked across Kinder Scout in protest at the laws that made crossing the land illegal. Today, the UK’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) are places that anyone can visit, any time, for free. But we know that not everybody feels able to make use of these spaces. We are inviting people who feel excluded from our wild spaces to make a journey together. Our aim is to create powerful new connections with the UK’s countryside. Right now, this is more urgent than ever as we all face the climate emergency.
Our landscapes are places worth protecting. For everyone. Forever.