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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 shackles need to come off National Parks to combat climate change

Andrew McCloy, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority writes here in a personal capacity for Green Alliance.

Snowdonia National Park Authority

National Parks need to count in a distressed and anxious society

Campaign for National Parks’ Andrew Hall reflects on #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and the role National Parks have to play in progress around mental health.

Andrea Powell for Mountains for the Mind

Mountains for the mind - the healing powers of the great outdoors

We hear more personal stories from Mountains for the Mind on how being in the great outdoors has helped people face times of stress, anxiety or depression. 

Sir Chris Bonnington: “Getting into wild country is incredibly important therapy”

Sir Chris Bonington is Britain’s most famous mountaineer. The outdoors has been vital to him during a time of grief and tragedy. 

Julia Bradbury of The Outdoor Guide

Julia Bradbury: the outdoors became my therapist

TV presenter Julia Bradbury became synonymous with the UK mountains after fronting the iconic Wainwright Walks series. Here she tells us why she is supporting Mountains for the Mind and how the hills became a healing place at a difficult time in her life.   

Green exercise for the mind.

Too many of us suffer from poor mental health. Spending time outside in our National Parks can be an important way of regaining some peace and wellbeing in a busy modern world. Andrew Higson of Black Dog Outdoors has more…

spectacular sundew by Jonathan Bliss

All we are saying is give peat a chance…

Formed over thousands of years, it has taken just six decades to devastate Yorkshire's peatlands. Lyndon Marquis of the Yorkshire Peat Partnership writes about their vital work to give peat a chance. 

Caroline Lucas: Government will resist the radical change we need

Caroline Lucas: Government will resist the radical change we need

Green MP says Government inaction is holding back the National Parks. To see the radical change we need we must honour the spirit of the original campaign to set up the National Parks over 70 years ago. 

Lord Gardiner of Kimble

National Parks Minister: people power is making a difference to the National Parks

Lord Gardiner of Kimble, the government minister with responsibility for National Parks, urges applications to the 2019 Park Protector Award and Year of Green Action Awards.

Opening up Emsworthy Mire

Andrew Taylor of the Devon Wildlife Trust talks about the Dartmoor project and winner of the 2018 Park Protector Award.

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