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Motorhomes and Campervans Against Litter volunteers help keep National Parks tidy

National Parks saw notable increases in campervans with some issues around wild camping, barbecue use and litter. But one rapidly-expanding group of ethical campers has mobilised online to help tackle the problem of litter in National Parks. Abbie Silivistris, founder of Motorhomes and Campervans Against Litter tells us more...

Celebrating 70 years of Lake District National Park

Friends of the Lake District write a guest post - sharing photos from the archive - to mark Lake District National Park's 70th Birthday. The second National Park in England was designated on 9 May 1951.

Newly updated Countryside Code to protect people, property and habitats

Following a consultation in 2020, The Countryside Code was refreshed and a new version unveiled in April 2021, we asked the team at Natural England behind the relaunch about the key changes and we can ensure the messages get where they are needed. 

National Parks: New Perspectives bursaries will engage new audiences

The 'National Parks: New Perspectives' bursaries are designed to engage new audiences with National Parks - addressing a challenge reported by most National Parks in 2020. It's not about existing National Parks communicators learning a new language, but is about meeting people where they are. 

National Parks at 70: time to make them fit for the future

As the first National Park in this country (Peak District) marks its 70th anniversary, Andrew McCloy, Chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, explores what the future holds for National Parks in the UK...

Reflecting on 70 years of Peak District National Park

As Peak District National Park turns 70 on 17 April 2021, CPRE Peak District & South Yorkshire's Dr Andy Tickle explores the history of the first National Park in Britain and explores whether it might be time to 'push the boundaries'...

International Women's Day 2021: The role of women in National Parks

Today is International Women's Day and we wanted to mark it by celebrating inspirational women from the world of National Parks. Women have played - and continue to play - an integral role in National Parks across the world. As staff, volunteers and campaigners, as advocates, ambassadors and leaders.

World Book Day interview with children's author John Miles

To coincide with World Book Day, we interviewed children's author John Miles who has written a series of books inspired by National Parks.

Spotlight on jobs and apprenticeships in National Parks

As we mark National Apprenticeships Week 2021, Countryside Jobs Service (CJS) Features Editor Amy Worley explores plans to create new jobs and apprenticeships in National Parks and other landscapes... 

In challenging times nature close to home can lend a hand

As we find ourselves in another lockdown, Professor of Human Factors and Nature Connectedness at University of Derby Miles Richardson explains how we can connect with nature from our homes - and why it is so important.

Road building and National Parks: from the South Downs to the Peak District

Plans are afoot for a new road in the Peak District which could pave the way for further road building in the National Park. Campaigner Anne Robinson is worried that this could set a dangerous precedent for 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.

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