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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.

International Women's Day 2021: The role of women in National Parks

Today is International Women's Day and we wanted to mark it by celebrating inspirational women from the world of National Parks. Women have played - and continue to play - an integral role in National Parks across the world. As staff, volunteers and campaigners, as advocates, ambassadors and leaders.

World Book Day interview with children's author John Miles

To coincide with World Book Day, we interviewed children's author John Miles who has written a series of books inspired by National Parks.

Spotlight on jobs and apprenticeships in National Parks

As we mark National Apprenticeships Week 2021, Countryside Jobs Service (CJS) Features Editor Amy Worley explores plans to create new jobs and apprenticeships in National Parks and other landscapes... 

In challenging times nature close to home can lend a hand

As we find ourselves in another lockdown, Professor of Human Factors and Nature Connectedness at University of Derby Miles Richardson explains how we can connect with nature from our homes - and why it is so important.

Road building and National Parks: from the South Downs to the Peak District

Plans are afoot for a new road in the Peak District which could pave the way for further road building in the National Park. Campaigner Anne Robinson is worried that this could set a dangerous precedent for National Parks...

Dartmoor National Park by Andrew Sweeney

Ensuring National Parks benefit from planning reforms

Our Policy and Research Manager Ruth Bradshaw writes about the Government's planning system reform, which shows a worrying lack of reference to National Parks.

Seaweed mats resulting from nitrate run-off - photo by Sue Burton

All the streams flow into the sea

Sue Burton, officer for the Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation, writes about marine pollution and the citizen science project SWEPT, which won CNP's Park Protector Award in 2019.

Why are our National Parks full of rubbish?

Andrew McCloy says the increase in littering post-covid is a blight on National Park landscapes and on us as a society - and needs tackling seriously.

Corinne Pluchino

Seizing the moment

Corinne Pluchino, outgoing chief executive of Campaign for National Parks, considers the options for environmental policy post Covid-19.

Transport and National Parks: the Glover review through a lockdown lens

Alastair Kirkbride discusses what lockdown & recovery has told us about appropriate governance for transport and access in National Parks

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