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.

Guide to visiting the UK's National Parks by public transport

Sue Cassell's excellent guide for visiting all fifteen National Parks in the UK car-free

Acting on the climate emergency: the role of the National Park Authorities

Julie Martin is a Secretary of State-appointed member of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and a Trustee of Friends of the Dales. Here, she reflects on our National Parks and the Climate Emergency report and the role of National Park Authorities...

National Parks hold the key to tackling climate change

Campaign for National Parks has released a new 'National Parks and the Climate Emergency' report which explores the work underway to mitigate against and tackle climate change in National Parks and what more is needed. 

Motorhomes and Campervans Against Litter volunteers help keep National Parks tidy

National Parks saw notable increases in campervans with some issues around wild camping, barbecue use and litter. But one rapidly-expanding group of ethical campers has mobilised online to help tackle the problem of litter in National Parks. Abbie Silivistris, founder of Motorhomes and Campervans Against Litter tells us more...

Celebrating 70 years of Lake District National Park

Friends of the Lake District write a guest post - sharing photos from the archive - to mark Lake District National Park's 70th Birthday. The second National Park in England was designated on 9 May 1951.

Newly updated Countryside Code to protect people, property and habitats

Following a consultation in 2020, The Countryside Code was refreshed and a new version unveiled in April 2021, we asked the team at Natural England behind the relaunch about the key changes and we can ensure the messages get where they are needed. 

National Parks: New Perspectives bursaries will engage new audiences

The 'National Parks: New Perspectives' bursaries are designed to engage new audiences with National Parks - addressing a challenge reported by most National Parks in 2020. It's not about existing National Parks communicators learning a new language, but is about meeting people where they are. 

National Parks at 70: time to make them fit for the future

As the first National Park in this country (Peak District) marks its 70th anniversary, Andrew McCloy, Chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, explores what the future holds for National Parks in the UK...

Reflecting on 70 years of Peak District National Park

As Peak District National Park turns 70 on 17 April 2021, CPRE Peak District & South Yorkshire's Dr Andy Tickle explores the history of the first National Park in Britain and explores whether it might be time to 'push the boundaries'...

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.

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