Meet and greet - it's neat

Published on: 05 Aug 2014

As the bumper summer rolls on a plea has gone out for extra help dealing with the Lake District Visitor Centre's massive influx.

Backing the season's staycation trend - where holidaymakers are favouring UK destinations - Brockhole, on the shores of Windermere, is welcoming up to 600 cars a day and around 8,600 visitors a week.

Volunteers are being called on to meet and greet people as they arrive at the renowned house and grounds by car, bus, boat and boot.

Lake District National Park volunteer co-ordinator, Tim Duckmanton, said his 500-strong action force already carried out a huge range of tasks from footpath repairs to organising databases, and the latest role was another very worthwhile task.

He explained: "Although it is difficult to say exactly how many people are using Brockhole, the figures we have suggest already high numbers will increase as the holidays progress.

"We're looking for immediate help with visitors, assisting in the car park and showing them what's on and where. This is a great role for those who love working with the public and enjoy being outside in a stunning location.

"Brockhole is a popular port of call for visitors and many, particularly children, get their first real taste of what the national park has to offer. Our volunteers are passionate about sharing their huge knowledge and expertise, so this is perfect way to offer guidance.

"We hope anyone with time on their hands will come forward to help share their love of the Lakes at this incredibly busy time."

Further information from Courtney Alderson on courtney.alderson@lakedistrict.gov.uk or 01539792891.

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