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.

Making the Small Things Count

Alison Smith, project manager of ‘Make the Small Things Count’ which won our 2014 Park Protector Award explores the wonders of life close-up

Guardians of the night sky

With the launch of the CPRE’s new interactive dark skies maps, Emma Marrington, one of their senior rural policy campaigners explains the importance of night skies free from light pollution.

The Campaign for new National Park legislation in the 1990s

Campaign for National Parks Vice President, Lord Norrie, reflects on the campaign to secure new National Park legislation in the 1990s

Six pairs of capable hands can achieve a lot in an environment where access can be very difficult

Last year Fell Futures won our Park Protector Award. Matt Eaves, volunteer and apprentice coordinator from the Lake District National Park Authority shares his personal experience about the impact of winning the award.

The senior bus pass and rural transport – the bleak price of success

Colin Speakman, transport campaigner and Campaign for National Parks council member writes about the adverse impact free bus services for OAPs are having.

Rewilding National Parks - Time to go wild!

Rewilding in National Parks: Helen Meech is the director of Rewilding Britain and has written about the benefits of rewilding in National Parks.  For a different perspective, read Robin Milton, chairman of the National Farmers' Union hill farming committee here.

Rewilding National Parks - The farmer's friend or enemy?

Rewilding in National Parks: Robin Milton is the chairman of the National Farmers’ Union Hill Farming Committee and has written about the benefits of farming to National Parks. For a different perspective, read Helen Meech, director, Rewilding Britain's blog here.

Mending Mountain Paths in our National Parks

Dr Catherine Flitcroft, Access and Conservation Policy Officer for our council member, the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) discusses the BMC’s crowdfunding campaign to raise money for environmental projects on some of Britain’s most iconic peaks: Mend Our Mountains.

“No future for us here until we are wealthy or retired"

Exmoor Young Voices was set up to help consult the National Park Authority on issues facing rural young people in Exmoor. They discuss the barriers and issues young people face living in isolated rural areas.

Sources of energy in our National Parks

Steve Ankers, policy officer for the South Downs Society discusses energy in National Parks - something we are asking people to share their views on in our survey.

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