Thursday, 1 March 2012

We promised you a herb garden

We promised you a herb garden- National Trust’s Rangers' Leap to action 
The National Trust was pleased to mark the launch of its re-branded Peak District Ranger Team by helping the Enable Group to get their newly acquired Herb Garden at Hardstoft, near Tibshelf, ready for opening.    

Employees at the National Trust have been given Leap Day (29 February) off work to volunteer for a day in their local communities- a ‘Local Leap’. The National Trust’s Peak District Ranger Team has chosen to spend the time helping to prepare the garden for opening in March so that people with learning difficulties that Enable supports have a new resource to enjoy and develop. 
Simon Wright, Countryside Manager said: “The opportunity to support Enable through our Local Leap was great as it really fits with what the National Trust and our Rangers are all about.  In changing from Wardens to Rangers we want to stress that we are all about enhancing our visitors' experience and enjoyment of the fantastic countryside we care for in the Peak District.  We also want to increase awareness within our wider local communities of the role we play in the conservation of these internationally important areas in the Peak District and encourage people who haven’t yet discovered its delights to come.   But away from National Parks and places of national heritage the National Trust wants to encourage people to look after and discover their own special places.  We really hope the Herb Garden will be enjoyed by many and a success for Enable. 

The ‘Local Leap’ celebrates the importance of volunteering as the Trust, which itself enjoys the support of more than 62,000 volunteers, continues to build links with its local communities.  It also marks the centenary year of the death of one of the charity’s founders, Octavia Hill, who was passionate about the role volunteering could play within society.

Fiona Reynolds, Director-General of the National Trust who will be volunteering with her local Riding for the Disabled stables, explained:  “The Trust knows first-hand how important volunteering is. We simply couldn’t function without our volunteers. The sheer spread of the places we look after means that we have close links with communities the length and breadth of the country. Through Local Leap we want to get to know our local communities even better, and build new relationships into the future.’’

The below is a press release for our Ranger's leap day. They had a great time and the charity 'Enable' are over the moon with what our team achieved. Cakes were good too!

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