Highlighting the UK’s National Parks for our Future

Something we’re all concerned about is the climate emergency that we’re currently facing. It’s an issue that we all have a role in addressing, and this is closer to home than many of us in the UK think.

Britain is home to some incredibly gorgeous landscapes; it’s no wonder that the likes of Constable, Turner, and Gainsborough are from here and committed so many beautiful vistas to canvas. For us, this beauty is often optimised by and found in our National Parks.

Like everything else at the moment, our National Parks are facing great uncertainty and great change. They are not immune to the climate emergency. We’ve carefully selected the route for our epic cycle to visit as many of these as we can, to see exactly how they are changing. These places are far more delicate than we realise, and we need to make sure we’re supporting them.

That’s why we’ve selected the UK National Parks Foundation as our charity for the ride.

We’re very pleased and proud to be fundraising for this incredible organisation throughout our adventure.

Created in the 70th year of the National Parks, the Foundation exists to help protect these wonderful areas, so that they can continue to be enjoyed by us and by future generations as well. They run some fantastic programmes to encourage people to get out to the Parks more and engage with them more thoroughly. It’s about any activity that can ‘help support these precious landscapes’, as they say themselves.

National Parks Protectors Fund

We’ll be raising funds to support the National Parks Protectors Fund – a dedicated fund for vital nature conservation projects across the UK’s 15 National Parks. From protecting at-risk species to creating wildflower meadows, the National Parks Protectors Fund focuses help where it is most needed.

The Fund was founded in 2019 by the National Parks together with Clif Bar, and you can find out more here https://nationalparks.uk/about-us/partners/clif

Supporting 15 National Parks

There are 15 National Parks in the United Kingdom and each one is looked after by its own authority.

There are 10 National Parks in England, 3 in Wales and 2 in Scotland, they are:

England –  Broads, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, and South Downs.

Wales – Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast, and Snowdonia

Scotland – Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & the Trossachs.