Coronavirus has had huge impacts on the world, and the Lake District National Park is no different. Local communities, businesses and the National Park Authority have all been heavily affected by the pandemic. Many Lake District businesses rely on tourism to thrive, and we're looking forward to visitors returning to the National Park. Last year, we were thrilled to see many people coming to the Lake District for the first time, and one of our priorities is to support them to enjoy the National Park responsibly.
In 2021 we'll be focussing our volunteering efforts on supporting visitors, new and old, and helping them get the most out of their Lake District experience. Throughout 2020 we were delighted to support a new volunteering role, our Visitor Support Volunteers, who were present in some of the busiest spots in the National Park as lockdown lifted giving advice, sharing knowledge and helping maintain the landscape.
We're expanding that programme this year, and are looking for more people to join our team. This year, we'll be focussing on five locations; Buttermere and Borrowdale, Coniston, Glenridding and Ullswater, Grasmere and Rydal and the newly re-opened Keswick to Threlkeld Trail.
By joining our volunteer programme you'll be helping ensure that visitors enjoy the National Park in a sustainable and responsible way; by helping keep car parks and roads clear, by advising about keeping the landscape pristine, and by sharing new areas and ways to explore the Lake District. The roles will also be supporting the National Park Authority, local communities and businesses to recover from the economic problems created by coronavirus.
We hope to welcome you to our team of over 400 volunteers; all of whom share a love of the Lake District.