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David Bond, Director, Project Wild Thing:

"As a child I spent my summer holidays in the Yorkshire Dales, playing on the hillsides that my mother roamed across as a child. I learned to kill and eat rabbits, spot birds and watch stars in the Dales. For a few months every summer, the hills and streams around Gunnerside were my playground and school.

I return every summer with my own family. Earlier this year we were walking on Gunnerside Gill. My four year old son, Albie, lost his footing and fell a little way down the hillside. I ran down to check he hadn't broken any bones, to find a broad grin on his face. 'Can I do it again?' he asked. It's hard to imagine he would be as enthusiastic and excited rolling down the hill in our local Lewisham park.

The fifteen national parks in the UK are the nation's emergency release vales. They play a vital role not only in preserving nature, but also in stimulating children's interest in it. I know that my children's summer holidays would be the poorer for not getting to explore the Yorkshire Dales National Park. That's why I love our National Parks."

Journalist and presenter Angela Rippon:

 Angela Rippon web

TV presenter, author and adventurer Simon Reeve:

Simon Reeve web 

Adventurer and Chief Scout Bear Grylls:

Bear Grylls 

Indie rock band British Sea Power:

 British Sea Power

Filmmaker Chris Chapman:

Chris Chapman 

TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham:

Chris Packham 

Author Dame Margaret Drabble:

Dame Margaret Drabble 

Journalist and presenter Esther Rantzen CBE:

Esther Rantzen 

Author Gervase Phinn:

Gervase Phinn 

Landscape Photographer Joe Cornish:

Joe Cornish 

Broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby:

Jonathan Dimbleby 

England rugby star Jonny Wilkinson:

 Jonny Wilkinson

Actor Kevin Whately:

Kevin Whately 

TV presenter Michaela Strachan:

Michaela Strachan 

Author Peter Friend:

Peter Friend 

Historian and author Dr Ian Mortimer:

 Dr Ian Mortimer

Businessman and Eden Project founder Sir Tim Smit:

Sir Tim Smit

Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment, Barry Gardiner MP:

Barry Gardiner

Mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE:

Alan Hinkes

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