This is an archived press release
Wednesday 4 May 2005
4 May 2005
Young people from all over the world have been volunteering for hard labour - and a lot of fun - in the Peak District National Park.
The latest group of travellers to help with restoration work on the National Park’s paths, trails and bridges come from as far afield as Mexico, Belarus, Japan, Russia, Germany and France.
Their visit is the result of a 10-year partnership between the Peak District National Park Authority and Concordia International, a Brighton-based charity which co-ordinates voluntary work on short-term community projects for young people both here and abroad.
Aged between 18 and 30, the volunteers must make their own way to the project, but they often end their two-week stays with new friendships and lasting memories of the National Park.
Each group stays at hostels such as Brunts Barn, near Grindleford, from which they are taken out onto the hills to help with practical conservation work and brush up their language skills.
The latest group helped build a boardwalk across a wet area at Redmires, on the Hallam Moors near Sheffield, as well as constructing timber steps and resurfacing a trail at Longdendale.
Led by Countryside Volunteers staff and rangers, they also have days off when they are taken out to see other parts of the National Park.
Peter Hardwick, Countryside Volunteers Organiser for the National Park, said: "This is a well-worthwhile project that offers the opportunity for young people from all over the world to learn at first hand about the National Park and the essential work necessary for its conservation.
"At the same time they get chance to improve their English, enjoy themselves socially and make new friends."
The National Park hosts two Concordia groups a year, the next arriving on August 1.