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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.
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.