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Royal visit acknowledges Peak District National Park’s volunteer rangers

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 16 July 2014

HM the Queen met volunteer rangers Karen Harrison, Pauline Marsden, Ian Taylor and Jack ElmoreFour Peak District National Park volunteer rangers, who between them have given 125 years of volunteering, have spoken of their delight and honour at meeting HM the Queen and HRH Prince Philip during the royal visit to Derbyshire last week.

The royal recognition was even more special as the national park ranger service is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

The volunteers were presented to the royal couple by the Lord Lieutenant for Derbyshire and the Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth. They are Pauline Marsden, Karen Harrison, Ian Taylor and Jack Elmore.

Pauline Marsden has been a Peak Park Conservation Volunteer supervising volunteers on a variety of projects for 35 years and is known as "Aunty Pauline".

Karen Harrison has volunteered every other weekend for 30 years and more if needed, this has been in addition to her longstanding work and commitment in the Peak District Ranger Service.

Ian Taylor has been a volunteer ranger supervisor since 1997. He helps organise other volunteers at Derbyshire Bridge and is a shift leader. He always volunteers for additional things and is a good leader and motivator.

Jack Elmore, who was 80 in March this year, has clocked up 43 years of volunteering with the Peak District National Park. He not only attends every other weekend but also volunteers two or three days midweek at Langsett.

Pauline said: "I shook hands with and spoke to Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip. We very briefly talked about the 60th Anniversary of the Ranger Service and the role of the volunteers. It was a very exciting and memorable day.  The crowds of well-wishers, and children waving Union Jacks created an air of excitement. I feel very honored and privileged."

Mary Bagley, assistant director for enterprise and field services, who nominated the individuals, said: "Our volunteers are fantastic – they contribute in so many practical and valuable ways to the Peak District National Park in helping look after this amazing landscape and its habitats and by maintaining footpaths that enable people to access and enjoy the countryside.

"I put forward these four individuals because they have each demonstrated a lifelong dedication to the national park. It would be wonderful if their stories inspired even more people to come and volunteer with us."

Opportunities to volunteer and give something back to the national park can be found at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/volunteering

Picture caption: HM the Queen met volunteer rangers Karen Harrison, Pauline Marsden, Ian Taylor and Jack Elmore.

This is an archived press release

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