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Want to become a national park volunteer?

Wednesday 04 June 2003

PEOPLE wishing to do voluntary work in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are being asked to go for a walk this week to see what the jobs entail.

This is National Volunteers Week and the park authority is celebrating with two walks and a bridleway maintenance day to publicise the work of its volunteers and to encourage people to come along and get involved.

The two walks take place in Malham tomorrow (Thursday 5 June) and Aysgarth Falls (Sunday 8 June) and are open to anyone who wants to find out more about the varied programmers of work involved.

Amongst other activities, volunteers lead guided walks, survey and repair public rights of way, check the condition of archaeological sites and buildings, talk to educational groups and survey trees and woodlands.

Rae Lonsdale, volunteer co-coordinator, said: "Each year, volunteers provide an invaluable contribution to the work of the national park authority, giving their time and energy to help care for and maintain the environment.

"Volunteers Week provides us with a great opportunity to invite everyone, young and old, to find out more about volunteering."

Anyone with a query can contact the volunteers co-coordinator on (01756) 752748 or 07968 915860.


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