Celebrate our national parks at events on Dartmoor and Exmoor

PUBLISHED: 15:26 05 July 2016

Celebrate our national parks. Photo: 38 Degrees

Celebrate our national parks. Photo: 38 Degrees


Guided walks and art workshops will mark the 80th anniversary of the campaign which led to the creation of our national parks

Celebrate our national parks. Photo: 38 DegreesCelebrate our national parks. Photo: 38 Degrees

Free organised walks and natural art workshops will be held on Dartmoor and Exmoor as part of a national celebration on Saturday 30 July.

The events have been organised by campaigning organisation 38 Degrees and the charity Campaign for National Parks, to celebrate the nation’s most beautiful landscapes.

The walks and art workshops will take place at every national park in England, Scotland and Wales. Eighty years ago a group of people came together to launch a campaign get these magnificent places protected.

The July 30 events across the country will celebrate this achievement and the things that can be done when people work together.

The theme for the events is ‘inspired by nature’, and brings together experts from the natural world as well as the arts.

People will be able to join a walk led by a professional guide, who’ll share the very best that each of these very special National Parks has to offer – their history, wildlife and much, much more.

Or they can join the ‘art in nature’ walk with a very special workshop, curated by land artist Richard Shilling and hosted by local artists. It will explore the natural environment as people walk and work together to collect abundant natural materials to create a unique piece of artwork. The events are open to all. For details of where and when to meet check out the 38 degrees national parks walks website.

Maddy Carroll, 38 Degrees Campaign Director, said: “The UK’s national parks only exist because a group of people came together 80 years ago to protect them. 38 Degrees is the biggest people-powered organisation in the UK, so this year we’re teaming up with the Campaign for National Parks to help people enjoy these places in the height of summer, when they’re at their most beautiful. Come and join us to celebrate the 80th anniversary of this amazing campaign.”

Fiona Howie, Chief Executive of Campaign for National Parks, said: “For 80 years the Campaign for National Parks has been working hard to make sure that some of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes are preserved for everyone to enjoy and are protected against threats that would have damaged what makes them so special. We’re delighted to be working with 38 Degrees again so that as many people as possible can get together and celebrate the true diversity and spectacular sights of the National Parks in the UK.”

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