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CLIF Bar and UK National Parks launch the National Parks Protectors Fund

A partnership between Clif Bar and the UK National Parks will fund a series of conservation projects  across five of the National Parks.

As well as this, the scheme will support the environmental protection of the remaining National Parks, too.

The projects include installing a bug hotel bike rack in the Broads National Park, to an anti-light pollution programme in Northumberland National Park.

Clif Bar, who make organic energy bars, have a long history of supporting environmental projects in the USA and Canada.

But, this is the first time the company has lent its support in the UK where National Parks cover nine per cent of the land area.

The funding will enable the establishment of the ‘National Parks Protectors Fund’ to support conservation projects across UK National Parks.

In addition to this, all 15 of the UK’s National Parks will benefit in some way. Those not running a special project will still receive a smaller grant to support their choice of conservation work.

Furthermore, Clif Bar will also be donating a range of their energy bars to each National Park.

“Clif Bar is really stepping up to help the UK National Parks to conserve precious landscapes” said Catherine Hawkins, chair of National Parks Partnerships. “We need the support of partners like Clif Bar to help protect these landscapes for now and the future.”

Starting in Spring 2019, the five supported projects are:

Operation Wildfire – Peak District

The  hot summer of 2018 brought challenges for the Peak District National Park in the form of devastating wildfires.

This programme will train volunteers to keep a close eye on conditions on the moorlands to support fire prevention. Plus, it will reduce the impact of wildfires when they do occur, and support Moorland restoration.

Dark Sky Friendly Lighting Scheme in Northumberland International Dark Sky Park – Northumberland

This project will ensure that the pristine dark skies of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park are conserved for generations to come. It’ll raise public awareness of the issues around bad outdoor lighting on wildlife and our health.

Paths, Pollinators and People – Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (PCNPA)

 

Paths, Pollinators and People aims to enhance the biodiversity along a section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. This project is the first step towards improving biodiversity and wildlife interest for visitors, whilst at the same time ensuring its quality as a National Trail.

Bike Bug Hotel – Broads National Park

The creation of two bike racks at Whittingham Country Park that has a whole series of features built into it to provide space for mini-beasts.

Working Woodlands Project – New Forest National Park

This project will restore three woodlands to increase the diversity of wildlife. It aims to bring around 120 hectares of woodlands back into active management to improve biodiversity. The project will also increase public access to woodland, and give advice, support and training to woodland owners.

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