This is an archived press release
Friday 16 May 2014
Saturday May 24 is European Day of National Parks. The theme for 2014 is 'Parks for nature. Parks for well-being. Parks for peace.'
The event aims to bring people closer to nature and raise awareness about the value of natural beauty in protected areas and how important it is to conserve and manage them in sustainable ways.
This year, as well as guided walks with national park rangers, the Peak District National Park is celebrating Europe's protected landscapes in wool. Yes, WOOL!
Knitters and crocheters are being asked to donate red, white or blue woollen triangles that will be sewn together to make woolly bunting to decorate the outside of the stone kažun at Parsley Hay, in the heart of national park countryside.
The kažun is a dry stone roundhouse, used as a shelter and for education purposes, next to the High Peak trail at Parsley Hay. It was given to the National Park in 2013 by the Republic of Croatia, to mark Croatia's accession to the European Union through the shared tradition of dry stone walling. It was constructed by Istrian craftsmen using Peak District limestone. The Croatian and British flags are both red, white and blue hence the colour theme for the bunting.
Volunteer organiser of the woolly bunting appeal Alison Riley, also a communications officer for the Peak District National Park Authority, said: "The kažun symbolises the heritage and traditions we share with people across Europe, particularly in national parks where traditional buildings, local customs and wildlife have the chance to thrive – and that's worth celebrating.
"We want people to have the chance to join in, wherever they live, by making and sending in crocheted or knitted triangles in red or white or blue. The sides of the triangles need to be about 9 inches (23 centimetres) long – then we are going to sew them together to make woolly bunting to decorate the outside of the kažun.
"We will leave the bunting up for a few days so people visiting Parsley Hay cycle hire centre and cycling past on the High Peak and Tissington Trails have the chance to see it, and we'll put pictures on the Peak District National Park's facebook, google+ and twitter sites. Wool is a durable material so if it rains it will soon dry out in the sunshine!"
Monica Haddock, a New Zealand-born textile artist who lives in Youlgrave and has already donated a number of crocheted triangles, said: "This is a great way to raise awareness about national parks. In New Zealand the national parks don't have people living in them – it's taken some time for me to get used to the idea that national parks here do.
"The theme of national parks being for nature, well-being and peace really strikes a chord with me – yes national parks offer great opportunities for being adventurous and having fun with family and friends but there's also a lot to be said for standing quietly enjoying the views, giving yourself time to reflect on life, letting the landscape influence the way you feel which inspires art and creativity."
People can post their knitted or crocheted triangles to Parsley Hay Cycle Hire Centre, Parsley Hay, Near Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 0DG, to arrive before Saturday May 24.
If knitting's not your thing, there are plenty of other opportunities for people to join in with European Day of National Parks:
Saturday May 24
Tissington Trail-Riders: Family Cycle Ride - 11am to 2.30pm. A 4.5 mile Ranger-led, gentle cycle ride along the Tissington Trail to Hartington Station and back, with family activities for children aged 6 to 12 years. Meet at Parsley Hay Cycle Hire Centre. Bring your own bike and helmet or hire them. Bring a picnic or buy refreshments at the meeting point.
National Park on your Doorstep - 1pm to 4pm. 5 mile walk from Meltham into the Peak District National Park, experiencing the moorland of West Nab and Raven Rocks on paths, tracks and rough moorland. 10.30am to 5pm. Meet at Meltham bus turnaround on Parkin Lane, Metham. Cost: people may donate when booking, or give cash/cheque to the walk leader on the day. Under fives go free. Booking essential on 01629 816211.
Introduction to Kinder Scout - 10.30am to 5pm. An 11 mile walk onto Kinder Scout to introduce walkers to this dramatic part of the Peak District. Strenuous walk, with steep ascents. Meet at Bowden Bridge car park. Cost: people may donate when booking, or give cash/cheque to the walk leader on the day. Under fives go free. Booking essential on 01629 816211.
The Road to Longshaw (Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May) Longshaw Lodge was home to wounded soldiers during the First World War. Follow the story of a wounded soldier from the Western Front back to England and recuperation at Longshaw Lodge, before return to his regiment. Family-friendly activities throughout the day at the Moorland Discovery Centre and Longshaw Visitor Centre. The 'Field Ambulance Story' (which starts from the Moorland Discovery Centre at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3pm - limited places) will tell the story from the trenches to Longshaw. See how sphagnum moss, lavender and local nurses played their part. Cost: free, but donations welcome, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Sunday 25 May
Castleton by the Sea - 10.45am to 4pm. A 7 mile walk exploring the fascinating history of geology, mining and caving above the Castleton and Peak Forest area. Some ascents and descents. Meet at Castleton Visitor Centre. Cost: people may donate when booking, or give cash/cheque to the walk leader on the day. Under fives go free. Booking essential on 01629 816211.
More events can be found on www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting.
To follow the progress of the woolly bunting appeal, keep up to date on:
Twitter - https://twitter.com/peakdistrict
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/peakdistrictnationalpark
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