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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.

Lord Blunkett

The spirit of kinder must live on - Lord Blunkett

Lord David Blunkett, who is President of Sheffield and North Derbyshire Ramblers and former Home Secretary argues that we must keep alive the flames of the National Parks movement.

Choking in ivy? Let's get serious about aesthetics

Writer Graham Cunningham says ivy is damaging the aesthetics of our countryside and calls for intervention.

Carneddau ponies

Carneddau ponies- wildlife warriors from Snowdonia National Park

Hilary Kehoe of PONT Cymru tells us about the work of Snowdonia's carneddau ponies conserving the landscapes of the National Park. 

Road expansion doesn't work in Wales and it doesn't work in Sussex either

Henri Brocklebank, Director of Conservation at the Sussex Wildlife Trust tells us why road building is not the answer in the South Downs National Park

Dartmoor's iconic hill pony

Friends of the Dartmoor Hill Pony: DEFRA threatens Dartmoor’s Ponies

Friends of the Dartmoor Pony say's that DEFRA's plans for agriculture threatens the very future of the iconic Dartmoor Hill Pony.

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. 

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