This post is by Alison Barnes FRSA FLI, CEO New Forest National Park Authority.
As we think about and shape the future of protected landscapes, the role they play in the big issues of our time has rightly come to the fore. They are increasingly viewed as ‘engine rooms’ for a greener future focused on recovery of climate, nature and people, and imagined as nodes for an extended network of connected landscapes that could run as green veins across cities and the countryside alike.
This post is by Jo Smith, CEO of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Kate Jennings, head of site conservation policy at the RSPB.
The prime minister’s recent promise to protect 30 per cent of the UK’s land by 2030 is welcome as a vitally important contribution to the debate around reversing the loss of biodiversity and tackling the nature and climate crises (although it must have raised an eyebrow or two in the devolved administrations as the prime minister can only make this commitment for England).
This post is by Andrew McCloy, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority.
Over the frenetic weekend before the lockdown, the sight of thousands of visitors pouring into national parks like Snowdonia and the Lake District, against government guidelines, was perhaps an inevitable response from a panicky urban population. Read more
This post is by guerrilla geographer Daniel Raven-Ellison, National Geographic Emerging Explorer and the driving force behind a campaign to make London the world’s first National Park City.
London is a remarkable city. In addition to the capital’s 8.3 million people, it is home to over 13,000 species of wildlife. While buildings occupy just 14 per cent of its urban footprint, green space covers 47 per cent. Read more