We’re inviting 20,000 people to light up our land in this UK-wide celebration of the great outdoors.

Green Space Dark Skies is a journey deep into our natural landscapes: a series of mass gatherings celebrating our countryside, our right to explore it – and our responsibility to take care of it for future generations.

We’re inviting 20,000 people to become 'Lumenators' – equipped with special high-tech lights designed especially for us. We’ll head into 20 wild and beautiful places across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. And then together, as dusk falls, we’ll light them up, creating extraordinary outdoor artworks from our lights and our landscapes. These powerful moments will be captured on camera before our closing countryside journey in September: a UK-wide finale, broadcast to millions.

Green Space Dark Skies takes place from April to September 2022. Join outdoor arts pioneers Walk the Plank and 20,000 fellow Lumenators to celebrate our right to enjoy our precious countryside – and our responsibility to protect it for everyone, forever.

Explore, enjoy, protect

On 24 April 1932, 90 years ago next spring, several hundred walkers set out across open land towards the Peak District’s highest point in a mass protest at laws that made their walk illegal. The Kinder Scout mass trespass proved to be a pivotal point in the right-to-roam movement, inspiring the creation of our cherished network of National Parks.

We can now visit any of the UK’s 15 National Parks and 46 Areas of Outstanding National Beauty (AONBs) at any time, and always for free. For various reasons, many of us don’t feel able to enjoy these unique spaces – but through Green Space Dark Skies, we’re encouraging people from all walks of life to forge new connections with our countryside.

Sustainability is at the heart of this UK-wide project. Green Space Dark Skies will be carbon positive, ultimately removing more carbon from the atmosphere than it produces, and we’ll leave no trace on the landscapes we visit. At the same time, we hope to inspire thousands to become active custodians of nature for the future – of our nature, and for our future.

Green Space Dark Skies is a partnership between Walk the Plank, Siemens, National Parks UK and the University of Salford, with Landscapes for Life: The National Association of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Extraordinary Bodies, the collaboration between Diverse City and Cirque Bijou, and CC-Lab.

Get involved!

We’re looking for 20,000 Lumenators to help us light up our land, and absolutely everyone is welcome. Join us on our journeys into the UK landscape – carrying lights designed by Siemens, using game-changing geo-positioning technology that will make new and exciting projects possible in the coming years.

Green Space Dark Skies will be filmed, photographed and broadcast widely online – but to help us ensure that the sites are left undamaged, only the Lumenators will be there in person to see each landscape transformed.

We’ll also be inviting our Lumenators to share with us their stories, connections and feelings about these spectacular locations. These stories are at the heart of Green Space Dark Skies, as we celebrate and protect our landscape – and make sure that everybody feels welcome to enjoy it.

Credits

Green Space Dark Skies is the result of a collaboration between Walk the Plank, Siemens, National Parks UK, the University of Salford, and with Landscapes for Life: The National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Extraordinary Bodies, the collaboration between Diverse City and Cirque Bijou, and CC-Lab.

KEY INFORMATION

When

Spring to autumn 2022

Where

We’ll be announcing the 20 National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in early 2022 – but to help us protect these amazing landscapes, the exact locations will be revealed in advance only to the Lumenators taking part on the day

Suitable for

All ages