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Park Protector Award 2018 – nominations open

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Park Protector Award, run by the Campaign for National Parks.

National Parks are home to some of our most important wildlife and sites of cultural heritage, we believe this makes them worth protecting. The annual Park Protector Award aims to celebrate those projects making a big difference in England and Wales’ National Parks. Whether the project is improving biodiversity, restoring built or natural heritage, protecting or campaigning against a threat, involved in rural skills, volunteering or youth engagement, we look for the most innovative and impactful projects.

The winner receives a £2000 grant towards their efforts and a further £500 second prize is up for grabs. Closing date 31st July 2018.

More information and application forms on the CNP website.

Rediscovering the Lost Words

In October 2017 Pembrokeshire-based artist Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane published The Lost Words, a celebration of some of the nature words that are slipping out the language of children.  The importance of the book has been recognised through multiple awards and by teachers and readers of all ages.

Following a successful fund-raising campaign to put The Lost Words into every school in Scotland, similar initiatives are appearing all over the country.

The Friends of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park are seeking donations to get the book into all 70 schools in Pembrokeshire.  We are working with #AcornIsToWood, the campaign covering the whole of Wales.

Click on the book cover to read more about this wonderful book.

To donate to our appeal for Pembrokeshire, go to our Donations page. Please type Lost Words into the reason for donation – all money raised with this tag will go towards copies of the book.

Donate now

If you would like to donate for a local school outside Pembrokeshire, check out the #AcornIsToWood page on Facebook, or read about some of the amazing initiatives across the UK  here.

Recruit a new Friend and win a great prize!

Help us increase our Membership and win a great prize

All organisations need new members to prosper. Now is your chance to help the Friends increase our membership and win a superb prize kindly donated by Coastal Cottages and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

Encourage someone to join the Friends and ask them (or you do it!) to fill in the section on the tear off slip where it says “leaflet obtained from”, with your name and phone number. If they are joining online they should fill in the box which asks who recommended they join. On September 12th, we will draw all slips of new members between March and September and hopefully your name will appear as encouraging them to join! We have two exciting prizes to award to two lucky draw winners.

A four night break in  Lantern Suite, Tenby – to be taken between 3rd November and 15th December 2018

“A perfect couple’s romantic hideaway, set only a few minutes walk from Tenby’s stunning beach seafront. This lower ground floor holiday apartment is spacious and stylish. Guests love the extra tv and the bedroom with feature bath. The large open plan kitchen/dining area leads through to the lounge with sliding doors onto a small terrace with 2 steps up to an enclosed pebbled garden.

A smart and highly recommended base for this beautiful town with all its great amenities and beaches an easy stroll away.”


Or you might win a wonderful day with a Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Ranger – or choose an ecologist, archaeologist or other staff member and you can coordinate to agree a date to suit you and your family.

CLOSING DATE 11th September 2018, winners will be drawn 12th September

Update on the future for National Parks 15 March 2018

Earlier this week the Environment Minister, Hannah Blythyn, made her long awaited statement in the Assembly on the future status and role of Designated Landscapes.  It was a positive and reassuring message.  A five year process of review and deliberation has resulted in what on the surface feels like very little change. But this is a good result as crucially she endorsed the Sandford Principle (which places conservation at the heart of the Designated Landscapes) and she committed to drawing a line under the process, thus bringing some certainty and stability to the National Parks and AONBs. Her statement was really a ringing endorsement of the work of the National Parks and the part they can and should play in providing some of the benefits being talked about so much at the moment – sustainability, health and wellbeing, natural resource management etc. (more…)