VIDEO: Reaction to Northumberland’s dark sky status

As Northumberland is named as home to the largest area of protected night sky in Europe a presentation to thank those involved was held at Otterburn.

A working group spent two years devising a bid to The International Dark Skies Association (IDA), based in Tucson, USA, and were delighted that the combined areas of Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park was granted Gold Tier Dark Sky Park status.

File photo dated 08/11/13 of stars in the Milky Way pictured in clear skies at the Kielder observatory, Northumberland which is to be official recognised for the quality of its night sky. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday December 9, 2013. Some 1,500 square kilometres (580 square miles) of Northumberland countryside is to be given protected Dark Sky Park status, the largest in Europe. The US-based International Dark Skies Association (IDA) has granted Gold Tier Dark Sky Park status to the combined areas of Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park, between Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish border.  See PA story ENVIRONMENT Sky. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

File photo dated 08/11/13 of stars in the Milky Way pictured in clear skies at the Kielder observatory, Northumberland which is to be official recognised for the quality of its night sky. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday December 9, 2013. Some 1,500 square kilometres (580 square miles) of Northumberland countryside is to be given protected Dark Sky Park status, the largest in Europe. The US-based International Dark Skies Association (IDA) has granted Gold Tier Dark Sky Park status to the combined areas of Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park, between Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish border. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Sky. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The new zone - which will be called the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park (NDSP) - is the first of its kind in England and one of the largest in the world, joining the likes of Death Valley and Big Bend Dark Sky Parks in the USA.