Foundation is launched

A new charitable foundation to safeguard the future of Northumberland’s unspoilt landscapes has launched.

The Northumberland National Park Foundation has been set up to promote, assist and encourage the protection, conservation and enhancement of Northumberland National Park and its surrounding areas.

With some of Britain’s finest landscapes, awe-inspiring geological features, purest rivers, darkest skies and rarest flora and fauna, the Foundation will help to safeguard the heritage and culture of the National Park and all that makes it unique.

As an independent charity, the Foundation will explore opportunities for a range of initiatives within the National Park. It is likely to support activities that enhance the protection or conservation of the natural or historic environment, volunteering, education and learning opportunities for people of all ages, vocational training courses, research, and activities that open up the Park for an even wider range of people to enjoy.

Geologist Ian Jackson, who also sits on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and lives in the Park, said: “The landscape of the National Park has been inspiring people for generations and the creation of the Northumberland National Park Foundation will help that continue long into the future.

“After a career which has taken me all over the world I chose to return to the Northumberland and live in the National Park. We have world class landscapes right here on our doorstep.

“I have a life-long passion for the outdoors and geology and I am delighted to join the Board of Trustees to help realise the Foundation’s vision.

“It is our intention that the Foundation will make a real difference to the communities in the National Park and help to conserve all that is special and unique about the place we all love.”