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Could you be part of creating three bursaries for young storytellers from The Broads, Pembrokeshire Coast and New Forest National Parks?

by Campaign for National Parks in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Last year, thanks to our generous supporters, we raised £10,000 to fund 10 new bursaries, which covered 10 out of the 13 National Parks in England and Wales. We now need £3,000 to fund three more young storytellers to give a fresh view on the remaining three Parks: The Broads, Pembrokeshire Coast and New Forest National Parks

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About the National Parks: New Perspectives Bursaries 

As well as a £1,000 grant, access to a network of National Park contacts and a platform for their work, bursary-holders receive professional training and mentoring from our partners Ocean City Media (founded by a brilliant team of BBC journalists and expert storytellers) to deliver the scheme.

The current 10 bursary holders are now gathering their stories throughout England and Wales covering themes of: 

  • People 
  • Climate 
  • Nature 

From the wilds of Exmoor to the magnificence of the Lake District, young people right now are exploring and telling their stories of National Parks. Help us support three more young storytellers through three more bursaries, so we can cover all National Parks in England and Wales. 

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Why are the National Parks: New Perspectives bursaries so needed? 

In a landscape that is dominated by voices from other generations, National Parks: New Perspectives bursaries open up space and amplify the voices of younger people and under-represented groups; offering paid opportunities to develop their storytelling skills. And it’s already having fantastic results.  

From film-making and long-form journalism to audio interviews and infographics, we are enabling young people to delve into issues affecting National Parks. We’re really looking forward to sharing their stories when their projects are ready in the summer (2022). 

We now want to fund our remaining three bursaries for the beautiful National Parks with their stories not yet told: 

  • The Broads in Norfolk and Suffolk 
  • Pembrokeshire Coast in west Wales 
  • New Forest in southern England 

“We understand the power of reporting stories from National Parks to inspire people to love and care for these protected landscapes,” said Campaign for National Parks' Campaigns and Communications Manager Laura Williams. “And the importance of amplifying less heard voices to offer vital new perspectives. We need your help to ensure all National Parks are covered.” 

Donate today to help us award these last three bursaries so we can tell the whole story of National Parks across England and Wales from a new, fresh perspective.  


What the Bursary holders will experience: 

Based near Dartmoor National Park, Ocean City Media was founded by a brilliant team of BBC journalists and expert storytellers. They will help deliver a pre-application workshop offering guidance on how to create a strong application; they will run a tailored storytelling workshop for the bursary holders and be on hand for mentoring for the duration of the bursary (to start in late 2022 and will run for 3-6 months).  

Ocean City Media’s Managing Director Sam Smith said: "Ocean City Media is delighted to partner with Campaign for National Parks to support this bursary scheme. Stories told by authentic and diverse voices have a unique power and it's a real privilege to help nurture the next generation of National Park communicators."   

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About Campaign for National Parks 

Campaign for National Parks is the independent voice of National Parks. For almost 90 years, we have been the only national charity dedicated to campaigning to protect and improve the 13 National Parks of England and Wales:   

  • Dartmoor  
  • Exmoor 
  • Lake District 
  • New Forest 
  • Northumberland 
  • North York Moors 
  • Peak District 
  • South Downs 
  • Yorkshire Dales 
  • The Broads 
  • Brecon Beacons 
  • Pembrokeshire Coast  
  • Snowdonia 

We want thriving National Parks, brimming with nature, resilient to climate change and where everyone, no matter their background, can improve their health and wellbeing by enjoying them.   

We stand for the public voice in decision making. Our founders led the campaign that resulted in the creation of National Parks, from the peaks of Snowdonia to the meadows of the South Downs. That social movement is even more relevant today, with over 100 million people visiting our National Parks, many for the first time during the pandemic, seeking solace and wellbeing.  

But we know that not everyone has access and there is real inequality: people from lower income, ethnic minority communities and younger people are less likely to visit our National Parks and much less likely to live in them. This inequality results in significant inequality in health outcomes. It also means that under-represented communities are less likely to be involved in decision making for National Parks perpetuating the cycle of inequality.  

Become a friend of National Parks today and join our campaign to save National Parks for nature, climate and for you.  

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

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Get an illustrated map

We’ll post you a colourful illustrated map of the UK’s National Parks

£35 or more

Friend of National Parks for a year

You’ll receive a paper or digital copy of our exclusive bi-annual Friends’ magazine Viewpoint and access to our Friends’ discounts for 12 months

£50 or more

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Friend of National Parks for a year with a map

We’ll post you a colourful illustrated map of the UK’s National Parks and you’ll receive a paper or digital copy of our exclusive bi-annual Friends’ magazine Viewpoint and access to our Friends’ discounts for 12 months

£100 or more

Best Friend of National Parks for a year

You’ll receive a handwritten card with a message from a previous bursary winner as a personal thank you, we’ll post you a colourful illustrated map of the UK’s National Parks and you’ll receive a paper or digital copy of our exclusive bi-annual Friends’ magazine Viewpoint and access to our Friends’ discounts for 12 months.

£350 or more

Friend of National Parks for life

Show your commitment and be a Friend of National Parks for Life, we’ll send you a handwritten card with a message from a previous bursary winner as a personal thank you, we’ll post you a colourful illustrated map of the UK’s National Parks and you’ll receive a paper or digital copy of our exclusive bi-annual Friends’ magazine Viewpoint each and every year and access to our Friends’ discounts indefinitely


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