Park Protectors

Our Park Protector Award and Club is a great way for individuals and organisations to get involved in our work and protect National Parks

Arun and Rother Connections - 2016 Winner

Throughout England and Wales, there are projects that are having a significant impact on preserving the beauty, cultural heritage and biodiversity of our 13 National Parks. This year our Park Protector Award was won by the Arun and Rother Connections (ARC)  project in the South Downs National Park.

Before the ARC project began in 2013, pollution, flooding, invasive species and declining wildlife threatened to ruin this important part of the South Downs National Park. The Arun and Rother rivers in West Sussex were in a bad way. However, over the last three years, a partnership between seven organisations, led by the RSPB and funded by the HLF has worked to promote a rich and thriving river system.

Over 1,100 local volunteers have helped to restore a range of wetland habitats including floodplain meadows, fen, wet heath, wet woodland and saved three kilometres of globally rare chalk streams. It has also created over 250,000m2 of open water habitat for vulnerable birds and wetland species.

Park Protector Club

The Park Protector Club is open to anyone who shares our passion for protecting our glorious National Parks. As a Park Protector you can vote for the winning project award, and attend the Awards ceremony.

There are so many good things going on in our National Parks, showing what communities and individuals can achieve for their outstanding landscapes and our ability to enjoy them. It's a joy to support and celebrate such excellent endeavours as a member of the Park Protector Club - Kate Ashbrook, Park Protector Club member and trustee


Annual membership of the Club is £300 for individuals and £1000 for corporate supporters. To find out more email us at