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Subject Latest news from Campaign for National Parks
Date February 26, 2021 11:16 AM
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Last chance to enter our Park Protector Awards and more...

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** Park Protector Awards - last chance to enter!
The deadline for our Park Protector Awards is Sunday 28 February 2021. Thanks to everyone who has already nominated a person, team or project - our judging panel is looking forward to reading through all the applications.

The awards, which are run in partnership with Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust ([link removed]) and Countryfile Magazine ([link removed]) recognise the efforts of staff and volunteers working in National Parks in England and Wales over the past year.

The winning entry will receive £1,000, with two runner
s-up prizes of £500 each. A public vote will take place for the Volunteer of the Year, who will win a 3-night stay in a holiday cottage in the Lake District National Park, courtesy of Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. For more information, see here ([link removed]) .

Winners of the Park Protector Awards 2019, SWEPT team from Pembrokeshire Cost National Park

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** Enhancing the setting of our National Parks

We're pleased to learn that - following our support for the proposals - Ofgem has approved £43m funding for the Peak East VIP project to remove pylons and overhead powerlines, replacing them with underground cables.

It's the first project of its type in a National Park to secure both planning permission and funding approval. We've worked closely with CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire ([link removed]) and other NGOs over a number of years to help inform these plans to reduce the visual impact of existing overhead National Grid infrastructure.

National Parks are our finest landscapes with the highest level of protection and, as champions of National Parks in England and Wales, we are keen to see that every opportunity is taken to conserve and enhance their wildlife, cultural heritage and natural beauty for future generations to enjoy. We welcome this news and look forward to seeing this project delivered.

Pylons in Peak District National Park

** New car park plans in Lake District National Park defy focus on car-free travel

We're joining Friends of the Lake District ([link removed]) in objecting to a proposal for a new car park in open countryside near Cat Bells in Lake District National Park. We believe that it sets a dangerous precedent and does not fit with the direction of travel in terms of promoting car-free options.

Rather than creating a car park which facilitates yet more car travel, the emphasis should be on supporting solutions which ensure that more people can visit sustainably, and don't risk damaging the very features which attract people to these areas in the first place.

Allowing a permanent car park in this location would be contrary to the National Park Authority's planning policies, their Management Plan and their Smarter Travel Vision and we are objecting on those grounds and invite you to do the same.

Objections to the proposal need to be submitted via the Lake District National Park Authority's website ([link removed]) by 5 March. You’ll find details of the application by searching for application reference number 7/2020/2291 here ([link removed]) .

** Future of Travel: rural strategy response

In last month's newsletter we highlighted some key consultations in England and Wales around transport and welcomed Snowdonia National Park's car-free travel explorations. We've since submitted our full response to the Department of Transport's call for evidence for the Future of Travel - rural strategy.

We highlighted the increased visitor numbers to National Parks - including many first-time visitors - over the past year, the impact of cuts to rural bus services and need to promote and facilitate more active travel options. We emphasised the many benefits to be had by improving transport, economical, environmental and in terms of accessibility.

We wrote: 'The strategy must address the travel needs of visitors as well as residents if it is to tackle rural transport effectively. One of the key issues facing rural areas is the need to consider how increased numbers of visitors can visit safely and sustainably in ways that also provide benefits to the local communities in these areas. This issue is not considered at all in the call for evidence and it is absolutely essential that it is considered when solutions are developed as part of this review.'

You can read our full response here ([link removed]) .

** Latest blog post...

Thursday 4 March is World Book Day. Many a book has been written about, in or inspired by our National Parks; from the big names of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter to children's author John Miles. We interviewed John for a timely blog about his series of books which connect young readers with National Parks. Find out more here ([link removed]) .
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