Peak District marks national parks event

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A series of events is being held in the Peak District to mark European Day of National Parks.

The events, on Saturday, May 24, aim to bring people closer to nature and raise awareness of the value of natural beauty in protected areas.

In the Peak District there will be guided walks with park rangers, a family bike ride along the Tissington Trail, and tales from World War One at the Longshaw Estate, near Hathersage.

The lodge at Longshaw was home to wounded soldiers during the First World War and events take place at the visitor centre.

There are also events at the Moorland Discovery Centre.

Knitters are also being urged to create red, white or blue woollen triangles to make bunting for a stone structure at Parsley Hay.

The dry-stone roundhouse, known as a Kazun, is used as a shelter and for education purposes.

It was given to the National Park in 2013 by the Republic of Croatia, when it joined the EU through the shared tradition of dry stone walling.

Alison Riley, of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “The Kazun symbolises the heritage and traditions we share with people across Europe, particularly in national parks where traditional buildings, local customs and wildlife have the chance to thrive – and that’s worth celebrating.

“We want people to have the chance to join in, wherever they live, by making and sending in crocheted or knitted triangles in red or white or blue. The sides of the triangles need to be about nine inches long – then we are going to sew them together to make woolly bunting.”

n Triangles can be posted to the Parsley Hay cycle hire centre, Parsley Hay, near Buxton, SK17 0DG.

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