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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.

'Now, more than ever, the nation needs its National Parks'

Campaign for National Parks' new Chief Executive Dr Rose O'Neill looks to the future as she takes the helm of the only independent charity dedicated to campaigning to protect and improve National Parks in England and Wales.

Award-winning photographer Kieran Metcalfe on the Campaign for National Parks Photography Competition

As we get nearer the deadline for our 2021 Photography Competition (4 Oct 2021), former winner turned judge this year - Kieran Metcalfe - reflects on what the competition means to him...

Why National Parks need more hedgerows

Hedgerows have a key role to play in National Park landscapes, providing shelter for wildlife, reducing soil erosion and improving water and air quality, including with carbon capture. Specific efforts are underway in some National Parks to increase the amount of hedgerows and protect those that already exist, but more investment is needed.

Kit Collective on removing barriers to accessing National Parks

There are many barriers to accessing National Parks and Campaign for National Parks (CNP) has been working with partners to address this over the years. We've seen some great grass-roots initiatives set up to tackle this too including the brilliant Kit Collective. Kit Collective's Anna Woolman, who also volunteers with CNP, explains...

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

You don't need to have access to a car to enjoy our National Parks, in fact there are a growing number of ways to experience the parks via public transport. Here, blogger Sue Cassell outlines how to visit National Parks by bus and train...

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. 

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