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.

Sir Chris Bonnington: “Getting into wild country is incredibly important therapy”

Sir Chris Bonington is Britain’s most famous mountaineer. The outdoors has been vital to him during a time of grief and tragedy. 

Julia Bradbury of The Outdoor Guide

Julia Bradbury: the outdoors became my therapist

TV presenter Julia Bradbury became synonymous with the UK mountains after fronting the iconic Wainwright Walks series. Here she tells us why she is supporting Mountains for the Mind and how the hills became a healing place at a difficult time in her life.   

Green exercise for the mind.

Too many of us suffer from poor mental health. Spending time outside in our National Parks can be an important way of regaining some peace and wellbeing in a busy modern world. Andrew Higson of Black Dog Outdoors has more…

spectacular sundew by Jonathan Bliss

All we are saying is give peat a chance…

Formed over thousands of years, it has taken just six decades to devastate Yorkshire's peatlands. Lyndon Marquis of the Yorkshire Peat Partnership writes about their vital work to give peat a chance. 

Caroline Lucas: Government will resist the radical change we need

Caroline Lucas: Government will resist the radical change we need

Green MP says Government inaction is holding back the National Parks. To see the radical change we need we must honour the spirit of the original campaign to set up the National Parks over 70 years ago. 

Lord Gardiner of Kimble

National Parks Minister: people power is making a difference to the National Parks

Lord Gardiner of Kimble, the government minister with responsibility for National Parks, urges applications to the 2019 Park Protector Award and Year of Green Action Awards.

Opening up Emsworthy Mire

Andrew Taylor of the Devon Wildlife Trust talks about the Dartmoor project and winner of the 2018 Park Protector Award.

Gabby Logan and family

Ready to switch off and reconnect?

Join Columbia Sportswear and the UK’s National Parks to #SwitchOffandReconnect with family, friends - and the great outdoors. Catherine Drury of Columbia Sportswear has more.

James Blake CEO of the YHA

National Parks are a part of the YHA history and future.

James Blake, CEO of the YHA tells us why they’re joining in the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of National Parks and the campaign for their future.

South Downs by Richard Reed

The long road to the 1949 Act

Campaign for National Parks trustee, Anne Robinson shares the story of the campaigns and politics that brought the National Parks into existence.

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