Dark skies ahead for Cornwall
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
Tourists coming to Cornwall might not just be seeing the stunning landscapes, but also the stars. Bodmin Moor, which is close to our boutique hotel in Cornwall, hopes to become an international Dark Sky Park and attract more tourism.
Edwina Hannaford, spokesperson for County Hall, said: "Bodmin Moor is probably one of the last areas that is still wild, there are very few areas in the UK that are still wild, it is really about enjoying that natural environment, and it will encourage people to experience that and come to Cornwall.
"Not only will it mean that we could have a better look at the stars and the universe, but it could attract more visitors and that has a knock-on economic impact for small rural businesses."
The Campaign to Protect Rural England hopes the Dark Sky plan will lead the way on cutting light pollution across Cornwall. The designation of Bodmin Moor being a Dark Sky Park is comparable to having World Heritage Site status.
There are currently only three other Dark Sky Parks in the UK: The Elan Valley Estate in Wales, Galloway Forest Park in Scotland and Northumberland National Park and Keilder Water and Forest Park in England.
If the bid goes ahead, Bodmin Moor residents and businesses will be provided with a guide to dark sky friendly lighting. Though no-one is required to change their lights, officials say it will encourage people to turn off unneeded lights and have lighting fit for purpose.
International Dark Sky Parks must be protected area of land, demonstrate high quality night sky, and also provide an awareness and education opportunity. As Bodmin Moor is already a place of outstanding natural beauty, a Dark Sky status could be inevitable.
A visit to Bodmin Moor is a must for any avid stargazers or astronomers staying at our boutique hotel in Cornwall.
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