Kielder Water and Forest Park to become Dark Sky Park

31 July 2013 | Source: Kielder Observatory website

Kielder Observatory, along with the Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, are applying to the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) to become the largest Dark Sky Park in Europe.

The IDA was established in 1988 with the aim of identifying and protecting areas that are dedicated to the preservation of dark night skies. As light pollution grows around industrialised areas the majority of Britons will never have the chance experience true darkness.

In order to achieve Dark Sky Park status the park has to adhere to a number of criteria including commitment to dark sky restoration; confirmation of dark sky quality; establishment of a lighting management plan and engagement of the community through outreach programmes. They will work together with the local council and surrounding areas to develop safe and efficient lighting in the park area.

The award of 'Dark Sky Park' designation will help Kielder be able to protect its current dark skies, make dark skies accessible to public, increase learning about dark skies, reduce energy wastage in the area and promote tourism to its observatory. It will join Galloway Forest Park (Dark Sky Park) and Exmoor National Park (Dark Sky Reserve) as designated Dark Sky areas in Britain.

For more information on Kielder Observatory and their plans for Dark Sky Status please visit:
http://www.visitkielder.com/play/discover/dark-skies