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.

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

Looking forward to exploring National Parks by rail

Alice Mannion from Scenic Rail Britain helps us look foward to exploring National Parks by rail, post-lockdown.

Visually impaired rambler inspires others to explore our National Parks

Marika Kovacs explains what inspired her to be a walk leader and why National Parks are so important to her.

Ensuring we make the most of this important opportunity for National Parks

Campaign for National Parks Policy Manager Ruth Bradshaw sets out our response to some of the key proposals in the designated Landscapes Review.

Covid-19 and national parks: lessons learned so far

We may still be in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, but what has it taught us about our national parks to date? Andrew McCloy, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, offers some personal thoughts.

Improving access to green spaces

Jayne Fishwick from Mountain Trike explains how the all terrain wheelchair company is helping with access to the great outdoors as it adds new product to it’s wheelchair range

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