Our National Parks are in crisis – just when we need them most to help us tackle the climate emergency, boost nature recovery and biodiversity.
Rewilding Britain has called for 10% of the parks to rewild but can they or will they? Who owns our parks? Not the nation but private landowners. Are they listening? We talk to Guy Shrubsole, Policy and Campaigns Coordinator at Rewilding Britain (author of Who Owns England?) and Anita Konrad, CEO of The Campaign for National Parks.
Guy Shrubsole is Policy & Campaigns coordinator at Rewilding Britain. He previously worked as a campaigner for Friends of the Earth, and is the author of Who Owns England? (William Collins, 2019), a book about who owns land and how they use it.
Rewilding Britain are currently calling on the Government to rewild 10% of National Parks. Find the petition here.
Anita Konrad is the CEO at the Campaign for National Parks. Anita has held senior leadership roles in the voluntary and public sectors for nearly twenty years, leading multi-disciplinary and international teams and partnerships with a focus on sustainable, inclusive natural and built environments. Prior to joining Campaign for National Parks in June 2020, she was England Director at Sustrans and Director of Strategic Partnerships and Programmes at Groundwork. She is a former Deputy Chief Executive for CIPRA International, an NGO dedicated to the protection and sustainable development of the Alps. Anita is a DEFRA-appointed member of the London Forestry and Woodland Advisory Committee and a Critical Friend of Landscape Learn, a CIC committed to improving standards of living across all communities through good design practice.