Blog

We love National Parks and think they are amazing places. But we also think they should be the best they can possibly be for the future. Our blog is a space for people to share their views on issues affecting National Parks in England and Wales.

If you would like to contribute a piece, please contact info@cnp.org.uk

Please note, the opinions expressed in all our blogs are of the author, and not endorsed by Campaign for National Parks. We are hosting blogs on a variety of subjects to provoke thought and discussion about National Parks.

The Sill: transforming how people engage with the countryside

Tony Gates is the chief executive of the Northumberland National Park Authority. He writes about The Sill, a new flagship discovery centre, opening to visitors later this year.

Bringing trees back to the centre of people’s lives: The Charter for Trees

Campaign for National Parks is one of over 55 organisations signed up to help create the first Charter for Trees, Woods and People in 2017. Sarah Rouse from the Woodland Trust who are heading up the project explains a little more…

Unfinished business – more National Parks for Scotland

Did you know there are only two National Parks in Scotland? John Mayhew from the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland talks about their campaign to get more.

We need to do much more to ensure our National Parks are packed full of wildlife

Dr Jo Smith is the chief executive of Derbyshire Wildllife Trust and a member of our council. She blogs about the need to make sure our National Parks are packed full of wildlife.

We can’t let major development ruin our National Parks

Ruth Bradshaw, our policy and research manager blogs about why our new report, National Parks - Planning for the Future is fundamental in making sure our Parks are not ruined by major development.

Making the Inaccessible Accessible

Debbie North has blogged about her work as the founder of accessthedales – an organisation committed to creating a countryside for all through the development of wheel-friendly treks for people with poor or no mobility. Debbie discusses some of the challenges she faces.

Investigating the major development test

We've just launched our new report, National Parks - Planning for the Future with the Campaign to Protect Rural England and National Trust. Professor Lynn Crowe from Sheffield Hallam University led on the research to underpin our report and writes more about what they did and what they learnt.

National Parks: My constant inspiration

Earlier this month Janette Ward took over as our chair. She blogs about what inspired her to become chair and her love of National Parks.

Seven years as chair – what are my reflections?

We were very sad to say goodbye to our chair, Anne Robinson, who stood down at our last AGM (she'll be staying on the board though!). Anne reflects on her time as chair of Campaign for National Parks.

Exploring Exmoor with our president, Caroline Quentin

This week our president Caroline Quentin took a trip to Exmoor National Park to find out about work the Authority are doing to connect people with the cultural and environmental landscape. Gemma Rogers, our campaigns and communications officer talks about the day!

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