This is an archived press release
Wednesday 1 June 2016
Peak District National Park chief executive Sarah Fowler has paid tribute to the hundreds of volunteers who donate their time, enthusiasm and expertise to the UK’s first National Park.
At the start of Volunteers’ Week 2016, Sarah said: “I would like to extend my personal thanks to all the volunteers who support our work to care for the Peak District National Park. Last year we benefited from 9,527 volunteer days, with an estimated value of £714,500.
“The highlight of the year was the conservation team’s Fit for Work project winning the 2015 UK volunteer project of the year award from National Parks UK. For me, every single one of the hundreds of people who volunteer to support our work are a shining example of how we can all make a big difference every day. Behind our own volunteers are individuals helping to create volunteering opportunities. My thanks go to them too.
“I know we can do more to support volunteering in the Peak District National Park, which is why one of our commitments over the next three years is to improve our volunteering opportunities and processes to nurture and build our volunteer support.’’
Volunteers' Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. More than 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year and contribute an estimated £23.9bn to the economy.