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 senior bus pass and rural transport – the bleak price of success

Colin Speakman, transport campaigner and Campaign for National Parks council member writes about the adverse impact free bus services for OAPs are having.

Rewilding National Parks - Time to go wild!

Rewilding in National Parks: Helen Meech is the director of Rewilding Britain and has written about the benefits of rewilding in National Parks.  For a different perspective, read Robin Milton, chairman of the National Farmers' Union hill farming committee here.

Rewilding National Parks - The farmer's friend or enemy?

Rewilding in National Parks: Robin Milton is the chairman of the National Farmers’ Union Hill Farming Committee and has written about the benefits of farming to National Parks. For a different perspective, read Helen Meech, director, Rewilding Britain's blog here.

Mending Mountain Paths in our National Parks

Dr Catherine Flitcroft, Access and Conservation Policy Officer for our council member, the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) discusses the BMC’s crowdfunding campaign to raise money for environmental projects on some of Britain’s most iconic peaks: Mend Our Mountains.

“No future for us here until we are wealthy or retired"

Exmoor Young Voices was set up to help consult the National Park Authority on issues facing rural young people in Exmoor. They discuss the barriers and issues young people face living in isolated rural areas.

Sources of energy in our National Parks

Steve Ankers, policy officer for the South Downs Society discusses energy in National Parks - something we are asking people to share their views on in our survey.

A Midlife Crisis in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Gayle Lister, discovery ranger for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority took part in Ironman Wales last year. Her blog discusses the value of the experience for her and for the National Park. 

Friends of the Lakes respond to CLA blog on Lakes to Dales extensions

Marion Temple, Chair of Friends of the Lake District writes a response to Dorothy Fairburn's blog on the Lakes to Dales extensions.

Answers needed for extended park plan

Dorothy Fairburn, Regional Director for CLA North, looks at potential challenges with the Lakes to Dales extension. 

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