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Discover National Parks fortnight kicks off this weekend

Discover National Parks fortnight kicks off this weekend


Discover National Parks Fortnight – a two-week celebration across the UK – starts tomorrow (Saturday 6 April) with events and experiences to inspire people of all ages to go outside and learn more about these special places.

This year’s celebration marks the 70th Anniversary of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act that paved the way for the establishment of National Parks in the UK.

Events as part of the celebrations in the New Forest National Park include:

No booking is required – just turn up.

Alison Barnes, New Forest National Park Authority Chief Executive, said: ‘The 70th Anniversary is a perfect moment to discover the extraordinary variety and inspiring stories of the 15 National Parks. The New Forest is a unique landscape sustained by the ancient system of commoning. This has created an unrivalled mix of habitats, home to a wide range of rare wildlife species.

‘Discover National Parks is also about highlighting why the UK National Parks are globally distinctive, and why we need everyone to help us care for them. The UK’s 15 National Parks are each unique – some have high mountains others meandering wetlands and dramatic coastline. Unlike many National Parks around the world, ours are living landscapes, full of natural and human life – with many villages and towns within the National Parks. The more people understand how special these prime landscapes are, the more people will work with us to make sure they are sustainable for the future.’

Find out about the wide range of events and activities nationwide at

Join in online with #NationalParksFortnight2019 and #DiscoverNationalParks. 


Media Contact:

Hilary Makin

Communications Manager,

New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608

Notes to editors

  • Photo caption: Roe deer in the New Forest, credit Matt Roseveare
  • A list of more than 70 supporting event and activities across the 15 National Parks will be live from 4pm on Friday 5 April at:

 About UK National Parks

  • There are 15 National Parks in the UK, spanning the length and breadth of the country. 10 in England, three in Wales and two in Scotland. National Parks protect almost 10 percent of England, 20 percent of Wales and 8 percent of Scotland.
  • The oldest National Park is the Peak District, founded in 1951 because of its impressive gritstone edges, steep limestone dales, moorland, farmland (which covers about 90% of the national park) and caverns famed for rare Blue John stone.
  • The South Downs is the newest National Park, established in 2010 for its hundreds of square kilometres of woodland, bustling market towns, rolling chalk uplands and river valleys.
  • The Lake District National Park is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is part of a special family of iconic places across the planet, such as the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, Easter Island and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the only National Park to be designated primarily for its coastline, the whole of which can be walked via the 299-kilometre Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
  • The Broads is the smallest National Park at around 305 square kilometres, with almost 200 kilometres of navigable, meandering waterways to explore.
  • The largest National Park in the UK is the Cairngorms. At 4,528 square kilometres, it’s bigger than the whole of Luxembourg.
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