This is an archived press release
Wednesday 20 October 2004
20 October 2004
Conferance to look at ways to promote access to National Park
A Peak District conference this weekend (22 to 24 October) will focus on promoting access to the National Park to people from black and minority ethnic communities.
The event - at Losehill Hall, the National Park Study Centre - is being organised by the Peak District National Park Authority in partnership with the Sheffield Black and Ethnic Minority Environmental Network (SHEBEEN), with support from the Sustainable Development Fund.
It will examine perceptions of services provided by Losehill Hall and the National Park ranger service. It will also examine participants' perceptions of the wider countryside.
Particpants will be given the opportunity to experience interpretive walks led by National Park rangers along with 'taster sessions' from Losehill Hall's range of Special Interest Holidays.
A wide range of communities will be represented at the conference, including Pakistani, African-Caribbean, Sikh, Pakistani, Chilean, Latin American and Black-British.
Peak District National Park Authority Head of Environmental Education, Richard Campen, said: "People who attend will be encouraged to share their experiences and expectations of the National Park and this will help the Authority to look at ways to engage more effectively with black and ethnic minority community members.
"The conference builds upon the Authority's on-going work with organisations in cities surrounding the Park, which aims to promote and expand opportunities for access to people from all communities and cultures. We hope this event will help us to explore more opportunities for partnership working."