Organisation behind The South Pennines Park to close

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that The South Pennines Park will be coming to a close with active projects transferring and other projects wrapping up during 2023 with a view to closing at the beginning of 2024.

Our Board has not come to this decision lightly. After reviewing the organisation’s position and the shifting landscape we operate in, we felt that we could not continue.

Our work has had such a positive impact across all of the South Pennines Park and we want to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to all the communities within the South Pennines Park for your enthusiasm and support.

Sustaining our mission to champion the South Pennines Park area and to connect people to nature, we have always strived to work inclusively and collaboratively and to be the test centre for doing things differently.

We hope that we have forged a new path by leading the way for places like ours which defy easy definition. Our passion for the health of people, place and biodiversity have been at the heart of our decisions and we are so proud of all we have achieved. We hope to be seen as a model to inspire and guide other spaces and communities to take things forward.

We invite you to share your stories of working with us, looking after nature and each other in one of the following ways:

  • Use the hashtags #parkwithadifference and #southpenninespark on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
  • Email memories or images using the subject line SPP Memories to

Our website will continue to be available with all the resources, activities and maps that we have developed over our years of operation.

As part of our closing down, we have a number of resources available to community organisations and we would love them to go to worthy causes. If you are interested in finding out more about this please email using the subject line SPP Resources before close of play Thursday 16th November.