This is an archived press release
Wednesday 19 May 2004
19 May 2004
WHAT HAVE RANGERS, SCHOOLKIDS, TEACHERS AND TRAINS GOT IN COMMON?
ANSWER: EUROPARC DAY!
Around 100 Peak District schoolchildren are helping to celebrate international Europarc Day this year by swapping villages for the day to find out how their neighbours are protecting the environment.
Groups of 10-11 year olds from Bamford, Hope, Edale and Hathersage primary schools along with teachers and parents will take to the trains to make the trips between their villages on Monday 24 May - European Day of National Parks.
Head teacher Sandra Pillans, from Edale, said, "The children thoroughly enjoy Europarc Day and benefit from the chance to explore and understand the pressures and problems encountered by people living in neighbouring villages."
National Park Ranger Sheila McHale, from Edale, said, "This is a great way to connect people living in the Peak District with what's happening in national parks in other European countries and to celebrate the fact that there've been national parks in Europe since 1909. It's also a good opportunity to look at local issues, such as sustainable development, and talk about how best to manage the area."
The event has been organised by Bamford resident Peter Townsend working with the National Park Study Centre - Losehill Hall, at Castleton and the Ranger service. The Hope Valley and High Peak Transport and Rail Partnership are sponsoring the train journeys to promote public transport in the National Park.
Europarc Day is a celebration of national parks throughout Europe. It is organised by EUROPARC, a federation of European organisations dedicated to linking people across Europe to help save precious landscapes.