Children help celebrate European Day of Parks

This is an archived press release

Monday 16 May 2005

16 May 2005

Children help celebrate European Day of Parks

Urban and rural schoolchildren will come together to help celebrate the European Day of Parks on May 24.

Launched to raise the profile of national parks and protected environments throughout the continent, the day includes exchange visits between schools inside and outside the Peak District National Park.

Pupils from four primary schools in the rural Hope Valley will come together with pupils from Westmorland and St Paul's primary schools in Stockport and Porters Croft and Hunters Bar schools in Sheffield.

The aim is for the children to teach each other about what is special about their own particular environments, with the help of rangers and volunteers from the Peak District National Park, Sheffield and Stockport.

Also celebrating the European Day of Parks is an Environment Day in Monyash on Sunday May 22, with a huge range of talks, displays, workshops and walks exploring the special wildlife, history, archaeology and economy of this typical White Peak village.

Organised by National Park conservation community officers, rangers, English Nature and the National Trust, the day will include:

* A Hay Meadow Walk for families and bring-your-own picnic in nearby Lathkill Dale, one of England's finest National Nature Reserves, discovering rare flowers, pondlife, birds and insects, and finding out how to help English Nature's conservation work.

* An evening archaeology stroll with one of the National Park's senior archaeologists, taking in Monyash and One Ash Grange.

* A local history workshop - including reminiscences from residents of bygone customs and activities in villages around the area.

* A farming and conservation walk and talk, exploring how the National Trust and farmer help safeguard the treasures of Monyash House Farm, from lead rakes to lime kilns, hay meadows to ponds.

* A talk on the wildlife of Monyash and the White Peak area, plus news of an exciting project to find the forgotten plants of Monyash

* A children's environmental Treasure Hunt.

* An adults' architecture and history self-guided trail.

* An advice centre for farmers, landowners and local businesses about conservation grant schemes and small business support.

* Displays and activities in the Village Hall and Monyash House Farm Learning Centre.

Events are free but booking is essential. For more information, call the National Park Customer Service Team on 01629 816361.

Launched in 1999 by the Europarc Federation, the aim of the European Day of Parks is to raise the profile of protected areas throughout Europe as well as celebrate the achievements of individual national parks like the Peak District, the first to be created in the UK in 1951.

This is an archived press release

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