Press releases from the family of UK National Parks

  • Broads Briefing - October 2017

    Broads National Park

    John Packman's Broads Briefing for October 2017 is now available to read.

    Posted: 12 October 2017.

  • New 5.5 million euro CANAPE project launches in the Broads

    Broads National Park

    Partners from across Europe met in the Broads National Park this week to kick off a brand new 5.5m euro project.

    Posted: 12 October 2017.

  • Weekly list of active planning applications – 12 October 2017

    Cairngorms National Park

    You can view all currently active Planning applications and the deadline dates for Public Comments on a  weekly list here… The post Weekly list of active planning applications – 12 October 2017 appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 12 October 2017.

  • Aiming for good health in the Cairngorms National Park

    Cairngorms National Park

    Want to walk but don’t want to walk alone? Keen to meet new people in the community but… The post Aiming for good health in the Cairngorms National Park appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 11 October 2017.

  • National Park Authority clears Ringwood site of illegal caravans

    New Forest National Park

    Illegal caravans, equipment and a building have finally been cleared from a Ringwood site after the landowner failed to remove them despite being taken to court and fined.

    Posted: 11 October 2017.

  • Google Street View launches for New Forest tracks

    New Forest National Park

    Miles of the New Forest’s approved off-road paths can now be seen from a new perspective using Google Street View.

    Posted: 11 October 2017.

  • Most asked: Margaret Paren, Chair of the SDNPA

    South Downs National Park

    Next month’s Q&A will feature Matthew Bates from our Local Plan team. If you have any questions for him, please email newsletter@southdowns.gov.uk by 25 October. If there is a specific area of work you’d like to see covered, please email us using the same address. Answering this month is: Margaret Paren, Chair of the SDNPA […]

    Posted: 10 October 2017.

  • You say: Footpaths

    South Downs National Park

    Do you have a story you want to tell about the National Park? A burning issue that you think needs to be raised publicly? We publish one story or comment about the National Park in our newsletter South Downs News each month and a response from the SDNPA. Maria Funnel from Amberley asks I am […]

    Posted: 10 October 2017.

  • Magic & myth: Five places to get scared in the South Downs this Halloween

    South Downs National Park

    With the remains of Bronze and Iron Age forts, a Roman temple and its distinctive ring of beech trees, Chanctonbury Ring is said to be the most haunted site in the South Downs. Stories vary but walking seven times around the ring might summon up the devil, a druid, a lady on a white horse or Julius Caesar and his army. Who lies beneath Kingley Vale? Tales of hauntings in the dark and silent grove of ancient yews will come as no surprise to those who know this spot. But are the ghosts marauding Viking warriors, left to rot until

    Posted: 10 October 2017.

  • Do you believe in magic?

    South Downs National Park

    Memories of holidays visiting her grandmother in the South Downs have helped to shape Cressida Cowell’s new book ‘The Wizards of Once’. With Halloween around the corner it seemed like a good time to ask the ‘How to train your dragon’ author about the magic of our landscapes. Words by Cressida Cowell It is easy to forget how recently people truly believed in magic. For thousands of years, witches and fairies and giants and sprites were as real to people as the laws of physics are to us now. And although we have grown up in an age of science,

    Posted: 10 October 2017.

  • On the Ground in September 2017

    South Downs National Park

    Don’t forget to say hello if you spot our rangers and volunteers out working in the National Park. Here’s a taste of what they achieved in September 2017: Talked to 250 year 6-7 pupils at Avington and Bereleigh Estate about how farmers make room for rough grass strips and associated wildlife. Continued open access land surveys for sites across the western downs and at Bevendean near Brighton. Carried out seed harvesting at a local chalk grassland site then spread the cowslip, yellow rattle and scabious seed at a nearby site which we are managing with the landowner. Completed the cut

    Posted: 10 October 2017.

  • FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS

    South Downs National Park

    What do a wooden bridge over a chalk stream, an attempt to make authentic Roman shoes, a Hilaire Belloc novel, and a community shop have in common? They’re all part of projects supported by the South Downs National Park Authority’s Sustainable Community Fund (SCF). If you have a project in the National Park. If you need funding. If your project will bring social, environmental, economic or cultural benefits to your community. You should definitely call the SCF team. Here are just four that we’ve supported this year: A shop for Fittleworth There are lots of benefits of village life but

    Posted: 10 October 2017.

  • Nature is good for your health

    South Downs National Park

    From royal princes to sporting legends and celebrities, it’s been hard to miss recent coverage on the importance of facing up to our mental health. We spoke to Dr William Bird from Intelligent Health about the role the National Park could play in tackling health and wellbeing. In the early 1990s, as a new GP, Dr William Bird realised that not only were his patients not getting enough physical activity, but also that mental, physical and social barriers made it pointless to recommend they go running or join a gym. He understood that encouraging and supporting moderate physical activity to

    Posted: 10 October 2017.

  • Make great memories in England’s National Parks

    South Downs National Park

    The South Downs is one of nine English National Parks that will benefit from £1m funding to encourage more overseas visitors. ‘Make Great Memories in England’s National Park’s has successfully won this funding from the UK Government’s £40 million Discover England Fund, administered by VisitEngland. ‘Make Great Memories’ is a two year project, led by the Peak District National Park, which will specifically target visitors from Australia and Germany – making it easier for them to plan visits, find experiences and book their trips to England’s National Parks. This will include developing inspiring branding; showing off the world-class experiences on

    Posted: 10 October 2017.

  • A CHALLENGING FUTURE FOR NATIONAL PARKS?

    South Downs National Park

    This October representatives from all 15 of the UK’s national parks, and others hoping to gain national park status for their landscapes, will meet in the South Downs for their biennial conference. We asked our speakers what they think are the biggest challenges ahead for our national parks and what all UK national parks should be doing now. The farmer William Wolmer William is the fifth generation of his family to manage Blackmoor Estate in Hampshire; a fruit and arable farm and diversified estate. Before this he worked for ten years as an academic researching smallholder agriculture and conservation in

    Posted: 10 October 2017.