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.

Arundel Castle, South Downs National Park

Arundel and the South Downs National Park deserve better

Planning and Policy Officer for the South Downs Society, Steve Ankers and CNP's Fiona Howie have their say on the proposals for an Arundel bypass in the South Downs National Park. 

Coniston Primary School litter pickers

Fell Care Days - a force for good

Ruth Kirk, Fell Care Days officer, looks at the amazing and exciting work of the Fell Care Days' volunteers. A project that was shortlisted in the 2017 Park Protector Award.

Invasive Signal crayfish

Tackling alien invaders under Exmoor’s dark skies

We hear from Jackie Kiberd of the River Barle Signal Crayfish project, a shortlisted project in the 2017 Park Protector Award.

Danbydale North York Moors National Park

Putting natural beauty at the heart of our future environment?

Fiona Howie argues that beauty needs to be at the forefront of the Government’s environmental agenda.

Technological answers to the challenges of conservation in National Parks

Becky Falkingham, ecologist at the National Trust, reflects on recent work in the Lake District and takes a look at the need for technological solutions to the many challenges facing the work of conservationists in National Parks.

Elliot Dowding in South Downs National Park

The South Downs – inspiration and identity for a conservationist

Young conservationist, Elliot Dowding of New Nature magazine, takes a look at how visits to South Downs inspired a lifelong passion for wildlife.

Burlington in the Lake District

Lake District World Heritage Site – the journey begins

Douglas Chalmers, from Friends of the Lake District, looks at what World Heritage Site status means for the threats and challenges being faced in the Lake District.

The ARC project shows us working together helps sustain our National Parks

Fran Southgate looks at the lessons and achievements of the ARC project, winners of the 2016 Park Protector Award.

Let’s not play politics with our National Parks, it’s time for leadership

Campaign for National Parks wants to see real political leadership to make sure that our Parks are protected and enhanced now and for future generations. With a focus on exiting the EU in the Queen’s speech, and the appointment of a Secretary of State with a reputation for reform, our chief executive, Fiona Howie, considers what it all might mean for National Parks.

Rainbows in the Brecon Beacons

The Sandford Principle mustn’t be endangered in Wales

Following the publication of the long-awaited report from the Future Landscapes Wales Working Group, Campaign for National Parks’ Policy and Research Manager, Ruth Bradshaw, explains the progress made and why the Sandford Principle cannot be compromised.

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