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Tuesday 6 April 2004

6 April 2004


Time is running out for people to submit poems and rhymes for a special project that will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peak District National Park Authority's ranger service.

Fifty benches, one for each year of the service, will be carved with poems that capture the special qualities of the National Park. Over the past few months dozens of residents, school children and visitors have submitted poems and rhymes and the deadline for entries is 30 April.

The poems and rhymes should be short - around four lines. They can be serious or humorous and can be about any aspect of the life, environment and landscape of the park. The 50 best compositions - along with the name of the originator - will be carved into benches, which will be sited close to towns and villages.

National Park ranger Bob Young, who is co-ordinating the scheme, said: "This is a way to mark our special anniversary and also promote residents' and visitors' understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park. We hope that the poetry benches will raise a smile and provide an opportunity for people to sit awhile, think about the environment and take in the beautiful scenery."

Inspiration for the project - which is being funded by the National Park Authority and the Sustainable Development Fund - has come from four poetry benches installed by rangers at Ladybower Reservoir. One displays the rhyme:

Sitting here one day
A walker said Cor!
Look over there
It's Whinestonelee Tor.

Another is carved with the following lines:

The wood which made
This seat where you sit
Is re-cycled old stuff
We're doing our bit!

Poems and rhymes can be submitted by e-mail to or by phoning Bob Young on 01433 659986.

The Peak District National Park Ranger Service celebrates its 50th anniversary this Easter. It was set up in 1954 - originally as the warden service, changing its name in 1974 - to patrol high moorland areas. The service has grown over the years and as well as patrolling the moorland rangers lead guided walks, carry out footpath repairs and conservation work and strive to increase people’s understanding of the National Park. The service employs more than 200 highly trained full and part time staff, along with many more volunteers.

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