The Pedal 4 Parks project started out with not knowing enough about what was being done to protect and preserve our green spaces, which are essential for our physical and mental health. Being frustrated with the constant negative headlines surrounding climate changes issues in mainstream media, we wanted to explore positive climate solutions and offer some hope by highlighting some of the great work going on in the UK to address climate change. On our adventure, we interviewed 25 different companies, organisations, and non-profits all working very hard on ecological conservation, local community action and sustainability projects.
Our main charity partner for this project was National Parks UK. Created in the 70th year of the National Parks, the Foundation exists to help protect these wonderful areas, so that they can continue to be enjoyed by us and by future generations as well. They run some fantastic programmes to encourage people to get out to the Parks more and engage with them more thoroughly. We raised £5000 for the National Parks Protectors Fund, a dedicated fund for vital nature conservation projects across the UK’s 15 National Parks.
Traditionally, JOGLE would mean cycling from John O’Groats, the northeastern tip of mainland UK, to Land’s End, the southwestern tip. Completing this journey means one has cycled the longest distance between two points on mainland UK.
Our cycle was across both land and sea, connecting the Orkney Islands to the Isles of Scilly!
Our journey was split into 4 stages:
Our route was designed to visit as many national parks as feasibly possible in 14 days between the Orkney Islands and the Isles of Scilly. The National Parks we visited are listed below in order from top of the UK down:
Founder of Pedal 4 Parks, campaign lead, “14 Days South: Over Sea and Land” film producer and endurance athlete
Team chief technical officer, “14 Days South: Over Sea and Land” film producer and endurance athlete
Co-director and Editor of our film “14 Days South: Over Sea and Land”
Co-director of our film “14 Days South: Over Sea and Land”
Composer of the soundtrack to our film “14 Days South: Over Sea and Land”
Assistant Producer of our film “14 Days South: Over Sea and Land”
Videographer and Photographer
Drone Videographer and Photographer
Social Media Management
Host of our podcast ‘Mind the Green Space’
Partnerships and Endorsement Officer
Expedition Logistics Manager