This is an archived press release
Thursday 20 October 2011The Peak District National Park’s 300 Volunteer Rangers were delighted to be recognised in the prestigious Excellence in the Community awards presented by Derbyshire County Council.
The award was presented for the rangers’ work with vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities or special needs, who go on guided walks or cycle-rides or take part in environmental learning activities across the national park.
These programmes are only made possible by the help of Volunteer Rangers and include Peak Park Leisure Walks and Leisure Cycling for people with health problems; activities for adults with special needs from Goulding House Resource Centre in Matlock and Redcourts Care Home in Glossop, and physically challenging walks for the visually-impaired and their companions from Sheffield.
National Park Area Ranger Rose Clarke, who led the nomination, said: “I’m delighted for the volunteers – it’s a recognition of the hard work and continuous commitment of all the Volunteer Rangers involved in these projects.
“But it also serves as a big thank you to the whole Volunteer Ranger Service for its support in helping people from all backgrounds enjoy and understand their national park.”
Volunteer Rangers undergo a lengthy and comprehensive training course before receiving accreditation, including field trips, navigation, safety and first aid training. Some have been volunteering for more than 40 years.
The Volunteer Rangers were among 80 other groups (selected from several hundred nominations) to receive Excellence in the Community awards at a presentation ceremony in the University of Derby’s Devonshire Dome in Buxton. The awards were presented by Derbyshire County Council chair Cllr George Wharmby, and all the groups were thanked by council leader Cllr Andrew Lewer and chief executive Nick Hodgson.
Representing the Volunteer Rangers at the ceremony were Margaret Black, Eric Wood, Nick Robinson, Andrea Pedley, Kathie Cutter, Jean Cullen, Neville Sparrow and Frank Milner, along with Area Ranger Rose Clarke and Field Ranger Terry Page.
For information on becoming a volunteer ranger, go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/ranger-training or call 01629 816200.