Peak Park Conservation Volunteers (PPCV) offer Conservation Projects in the beautiful Peak District National Park. Programmes are designed to meet the residential element of the gold award.
Volunteers undertake a variety of practical conservation projects whilst staying at one of the Peak District National Parks volunteer centres; Brunt's Barn at Grindleford or Marsh Farm near Leek.
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Michael Lee, 18, from Sheffield:
“I spent a week at Marsh Farm doing conservation work with the national park rangers. There were five other people there who were also doing their Duke of Edinburgh gold awards – they were from all over the UK and we had a great time.
“I’ve grown up walking and cycling with my family in the Peak District so it felt like a good opportunity to give something back – to help look after it and keep it as nice as it is at the moment.
“The work we got involved with was to help the rangers clear loads of shrubs and bushes from an area – on the last day we had a massive bonfire. Everyone was helpful and friendly and made it as much fun as possible.
“You might feel a bit hesitant at first because you don’t know anyone but you soon get into it. You’re away from home, spending your time outdoors in a national park doing interesting stuff every day, the food is great – I don’t think I’ve eaten so much in a week before – and then you sleep on floor mats in a barn with everyone else, talking into the small hours – the week goes fast and you get a great experience. I’m really glad I did it.”