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SPONSORS SOUGHT FOR NATIONAL PARK EXCHANGE PROJECT

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 18 May 2004

18 May 2004

SPONSORS SOUGHT FOR NATIONAL PARK EXCHANGE PROJECT

Sponsors are being sought for an innovative exchange project that aims to raise awareness of the special qualities of the Peak District and a National Park in Sri Lanka.

Around £2,000 is needed to help get the scheme off the ground, and local businesses are being invited to contribute to the project.

The initiative has been drawn up by the Peak District National Park's Study Centre at Losehill Hall, Castleton and Sheffield-based Woodcraft Folk, a young people's organisation involved with social change. It will see two youth education workers involved with Sri Lanka's Adam's Peak national park visit the Peak District later this year, followed by a return visit by local youth education workers during 2005.

The aim will be to share knowledge and experience, coming up with new learning techniques to raise young people's awareness of the Parks' special landscapes and wildlife.

Each year hundreds of young people of all ages visit Losehill Hall. They learn about and appreciate the special qualities of the Peak District through a range of techniques, including environmental art, interviewing people who work in the countryside, role plays and debates. Many of the children live in the large cities surrounding the Peak District, such as Sheffield, Manchester, Stoke, Nottingham and Derby, and for some it is their first visit to the countryside.

Adam's Peak, in central Sri Lanka, is a sacred mountain surrounded by rain forest currently threatened by logging and pharmaceutical commercial interests.

One of the Education Visits Organisers at Losehill Hall, Heather Hunt, visited the Sri Lankan project last year. Heather says: "The landscape and wildlife of the two Parks are very different but we share the same commitment to raising awareness of their special qualities. An exchange is a great opportunity to learn from each other and look at different ways to stimulate the interest of young people.

"The exchange is also important because we will be inviting over two female youth workers - few women are employed in these types of jobs in Sri Lanka and so it will be a wonderful development opportunity and a chance to help raise awareness of equality issues."

Potential sponsors can get in touch with Heather Hunt at Losehill Hall on 01433 620373 or
e-mail hh.losehill@peakdistrict-npa.gov.uk

This is an archived press release

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