Countryside Volunteering - taster day

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Monday 12 June 2006

12 June 2006

Countryside Volunteering - taster day

A chance to try your hand at dry-stone walling, bird-box making or path restoration is coming up on Sunday June 25 with a Countryside Volunteering taster day in the Peak District National Park.

In conjunction with the BBC Breathing Places campaign, the National Park Countryside Volunteering service is inviting people to have a go at practical voluntary work on the beautiful North Lees Estate, near Hathersage.

Would-be volunteers of all ages will not only acquire new skills but learn about conservation work on the estate – where the spectacular views have featured in the movie Pride and Prejudice and the forthcoming BBC production of Jane Eyre.

The Countryside Volunteering Day is part of BBC Radio Derby’s Day in the Forest, when it will be focusing on opportunities for listeners to get out into the countryside and make a difference.

Countryside Volunteering goes on in the National Park all year round – participants go out with supervisors, building walls, steps and bridges, making bird and bat-boxes, installing gates and fences, clearing undergrowth and maintaining footpaths.

Countryside Volunteering organiser Pete Hardwick said: “It’s a great way to get out in the fresh air, do some healthy exercise, meet new people, and feel you’re achieving something positive for the environment of the National Park.”

The base for the day is Hollin Bank car park at Stanage (from Hathersage, going towards Hope, take the right fork immediately after the George Hotel, then right up Coggers Lane, right again past North Lees Hall, and left at the top).

The team will be taking out volunteers from 11am onwards – please wear sturdy shoes, appropriate clothes and bring refreshments. You can turn up on the day, but bookings would be appreciated - contact BBC Radio Derby’s CSV Action Desk, 01332 370707, or e-mail

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To find out more about Countryside Volunteering, contact the National Park access and recreation service on 01629 816290.

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