Dark Skies North East

Dark Skies North East 

Dark Skies NE is a group of organisations, brought together by Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society, which work together to protect our dark skies and focus the spark of wonder people experience in a dark sky park as a catalyst for positive change.

We are committed to

  • preventing and reducing light pollution
  • encouraging innovation in solutions that protect dark skies
  • contributing to healthier communities
  • supporting new designated dark sky areas
  • developing the dark sky economy supporting all families to access dark sky sites

Dark Skies NE activity is supported by CPRE, Forestry England, Institute of Physics, International Dark Sky Association - UK chapter, Kielder Observatory, Kielder Water and Forest Park Trust, North of Tyne Combined Authority, Northumberland County Council, Advance Northumberland, Visit Northumberland, Northumberland National Park Authority, and the Royal Astronomical Society.

Dark Skies NE has launched a new strategy document to help planners, develoopers and architects reduce and prevent light polution in our region. It provides useful information of the impact of light pollution on our environment as well as our wellbeing. It also contains link to guidance for best practice in lighting plans. You can download a copy here: Dark Skies NE