Hailing helping hands

Published on: 18 Jun 2014

Volunteers giving thousands of hours to look after the Lake District's iconic landscape have been hailed in a special ceremony marking their contribution.

Aged from 16 to 86, they congregated in Grasmere to mark 60 years of volunteering in the national park, an anniversary being celebrated across the summer.

Six decades of 'unbelievable commitment and achievement' were heralded in a birthday bash for over 70 people.

Lake District National Park's volunteer co-ordinator, Tim Duckmanton, paid tribute to their vital role in looking after the area's extraordinary places.

He said: "From the highest peaks to our stunning lakes, rivers and coastline, volunteers make a tremendous difference to the care of our world renowned landscape. Their commitment and achievement is unbelievable.

"We deeply value the work and support they give to ourselves and other countryside organisations. Without them, we couldn't achieve the same volume of work. These remarkable men and women are as special as the places they look after."

The gathering included past and present volunteers, National Park Mosaic champions, Young Ranger members and guest George Lindley, 85, of Settle, who was active in the service 55 years ago.

Other diamond anniversary events include repairing the iconic Helvellyn shelter, planting a memorial tree and launching celebratory beer with Keswick Brewery.

Share this page