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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.

Animator Sophie Marsh shares her new perspective on National Parks

Campaign for National Parks has unveiled a new animation created by young Bristol artist Sophie Marsh, showing the different ways people enjoy National Parks. We caught up with the 30-year-old to find out more...

Q&A with Best Phone Photo 2021 winner Simon Walkden

Simon Walkden's amazing phone photo of Hope Valley in Peak District National Park saw voted the winner of the Best Phone Photo category in the Campaign for National Parks Photography Competition 2021. We chatted to Simon to find out more...

Q&A with Young Photographer of the Year 2021 winner Fletcher Foot, aged 14

Fourteen-year-old Fletcher Foot's stunning image of a stonechat in New Forest National Park saw him crowned Young Photographer of the Year in the Campaign for National Parks Photography Competition 2021. We chatted to Fletcher to find out more...

National Parks: New Perspectives bursaries - pitching guidelines

Following on from a successful pre-application workshop earlier this month, we felt it would be useful to share some more pitching guidelines to help you with your application. Tom Palmer, Director of Ocean City Media, explains...

Q&A with Campaign for National Parks Photography Competition 2021 winner Shaun Davey

Photographer Shaun Davey's stunning image of sunset at Porlock Marsh in Exmoor National Park was chosen as the winner of the Campaign for National Parks Photography Competition 2021. We chatted to Shaun to find out more...

'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...

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