Thursday 15 February 2024

Rally - The bell of doom!

Coming to a forest near you? The Yorkshire Dales National Park and North York Moors National Park are having 18 new electric vehicle (EV) charging points installed in their car parks funded by BMW UK through its ‘Recharge in Nature’ partnership with National Parks UK.

This latest development marks the next stage in the Recharge in Nature partnership, which will install EV chargers across all 15 of the UK’s National Parks by the end of 2025.


Neil Heseltine, Chair of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and National Parks Partnerships’ Board Member, commented: “The Yorkshire Dales National Park alone welcomed 5.1 million visitors in 2022. We’re so pleased that our partnership with BMW UK will support those who are travelling to Yorkshire’s National Parks in EVs. Part of our responsibility as National Parks is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of our Parks and this includes facilitating more sustainable journeys to Yorkshire’s National Parks.”


Alongside the installation of EV chargers throughout all National Parks, the Recharge in Nature partnership is also supporting community impact and nature restoration projects.


The North York Moors National Park is using this funding to support outdoor volunteering programmes for families and young adults. The goal is to boost the physical and mental wellbeing of those volunteering and establish a community of committed conservationists. An important aspect of this is also ensuring young people have a say in the National Park’s decision-making processes.


Which begs the question, have any local motor clubs been asked for their comments or invited to join “having a say in the National Park’s decision-making processes”?


Is that the bell of doom I hear ringing in the background?

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