Celebrate National Parks Week with prizes worth over £2,000

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Published Monday 29 July 2013

Holidays in the New Forest and South Downs National Parks are being given away to celebrate National Parks Week (29 July to 4 August).

Seven holidays over seven days can be won through Our Land, a rural tourism scheme which emphasises the importance of local landscapes.

In partnership with Ordnance Survey, the prize draw will choose seven winners from those who have entered via the Our Land Facebook page and answered a question about the UK’s National Parks. Ordnance Survey has provided custom made map prizes for each winner. The winner of the top prize - a self catering activity holiday for two in the New Forest worth £1,350 – also receives a special yearly subscription to Ordnance Survey’s getamap service.

Chris Gregory, sustainability manager at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The New Forest National Park is an idyllic place full of ancient woodlands, stunning coastlines and the famous New Forest ponies. These prizes from Our Land and Ordnance Survey will give visitors a special experience in this unique landscape.’

The prizes include:
• A week’s self catering stay for two at Rhubarb Cottage in the New Forest, including activities run by Escape YachtingForest Leisure CyclingNew Forest ActivitiesFuzzacker Guided Walks and Tours and Walking Picnics
• A one night stay for two people at The Rockery B&B in Haslemere, the South Downs
• A two night stay for two people in an ‘Arkette’ at The Secret Campsite in the heart of the South Downs
• A two night stay for up to six people at a rural Hampshire cottage- Inadown Farm Holiday Homes in the South Downs
• A one night stay for two people including full local breakfast at The Elsted Inn at Midhurst in the South Downs
• A one night B&B stay for two at The Ram Inn at Firle village in the South Downs
• A one night stay for two people at the Wetherdown Eco Lodge in the South Downs

Holiday experiences on Our Land’s website range from family activity weeks in the New Forest through to glamping yurt stays and B&B breaks in the South Downs.

Enquiries through Our Land are up by more than 50% compared to the same time last year, and new businesses are marketing their holidays, accommodation and activities on www.our-land.co.uk every day.

Sasha Chisholm, Our Land’s project manager said: ‘Our Land offers experiences to treasure. We are the leading place online to find a holiday in a collection of protected landscapes and our National Parks play an integral role in helping to develop and promote rural tourism.

‘With the recent glorious weather and the start of the school holidays we are continuing to see growth in people wanting to take short breaks – and even their main holiday – closer to home but seeking an experience that allows them to really connect with the people, environment and landscape around them. Our Land offers just that and we're delighted to be able to celebrate National Parks Week by partnering with Our Land businesses and Ordnance Survey to giveaway some fabulous prizes.’

‘We’re delighted that more and more people are recognizing the diversity of landscape and activity available on their doorsteps and the true extent of what rural Britain has to offer.’

Alastair Tinker at Ordnance Survey said: ‘Ordnance Survey Leisure is proud to support Our Land’s rural tourism initiative promoting holidays which make the most of the UK’s outdoor spaces, and we’re delighted to join Our Land and help spread the message of their work to reinforce the importance of our National Parks.’ 

Boasting 15 National Parks, the UK is covered with special landscapes which are ours to enjoy and explore. The village in the South Downs where you take your dog for a walk or that pub in the New Forest  you pop to for Sunday lunch - they both sit in stunning countryside within a National Park. Maybe you’re a thrill- seeking airborne warrior looking for the perfect paragliding spot in the South Downs, or an easy-rider looking for a peddle down a New Forest country lane, getting active is whatever you want it to be.

Kathryn Cook, UK Director of the UK Association of National Parks Authorities, said: ‘Our National Parks are special. They’re Britain’s breathing spaces and are integral to people’s lives. Families, friends and individuals can get out and be part of these incredible landscapes and National Parks Week promotes just that.’ 

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Notes to editors:
Images, articles and business case studies are available on request via:

Amelia Shepherd, Campaign Manager, 01273 252 973, 07800 527 989 amelia@our-land.co.uk
Sasha Chisholm, Project Manager, 01273 829271, 07568 107963 sasha@our-land.co.uk

About Our Land
Our Land was founded by, unites and celebrates a collection of the UK's National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB): the Chilterns, Cotswolds, High Weald, Isle of Wight, Kent Downs, New Forest, North Wessex Downs, South Downs and the Surrey Hills. Our Land’s new protected landscape partners are Exmoor National Park, Scilly Isles, Ring of Gullion, Shropshire Hills, Dedham Vale, Suffolk Coast and Heaths, Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs.

Our Land is a rural tourism development and marketing initiative available to all Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks in the UK.

Our Land is funded for three years (2011-2014) with nearly £1million from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), which is administered through DEFRA.

The Our Land website is packed with information to help people find out more about what the National Parks and AONBs have to offer, arrange visits, book short breaks and holidays and encourage people to discover and experience what's on offer.

responsibletravel.com, the world's leading company for marketing green and sustainable tourism, is the project's private sector partner responsible for commercial strategy, branding and marketing, including creating and managing the Our Land web platform. responsibletravel.com has committed to running the project beyond the funding period. 

Our Land was launched in October 2011 after two years of research and development.

Around 36% of the South East region is designated Protected Landscape, the primary purpose of which is the conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty of the landscape.

Our Land aims to cut air travel and create more sustainable communities in the countryside, through encouraging green tourism. 

About National Parks Week

National Parks Week is run each year by the UK Association of National Parks Authority. This year it runs from 29 July – 4 August 2013.

It is an annual celebration of all that the 15 members of the UK's National Parks family have to offer.

This year the focus is on encouraging people to be active and to make these spaces ‘Actively Yours’.

A series of National events is being organised across the National Parks family from guided walks, to wildlife spotting, farmers markets, arts and crafts.

National Parks Week is also running an ‘Actively Yours Photo Competition’ open to all.

For a list of associated events in all National Parks, the ‘Top 15 Things to Do’ and for further information see here: http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/visiting/2013nationalparksweek

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect

  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

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