Bavarian Link for the Trans Pennine Trail
In a unique and innovative initiative, the Trans Pennine Trail has been selected to feature in a new High School teaching book for 15 year old youngsters studying in the Bavarian region of Germany.
A complete section of the book, which is designed to assist in teaching advanced English to 8th year German students, commences with the Trans Pennine Trail as part of a study on the environment and how initiatives such as the TPT and Sustrans can and do have a very positive impact. To quote from the book, 'The Trans Pennine Trail demonstrates that a good idea together with a little money and some hard work can make an environment which everybody can enjoy.'
Commenting on the use of the TPT to promote studies focused on the environment, sustainable transport and recreation, Trail Officer Les Ford said, 'I'm delighted on behalf of all the local councils who effectively own the TPT and the entire team who manage and help maintain it, to have our endeavours featured so prominently. There appears to be little doubt from the discussions we have had with the publishers that they are impressed by what we have achieved in the UK with the TPT. The fact that the Bavarian educationists have elected to use the trail to demonstrate what is possible through creative thinking involving local authorities and volunteers, allied with a great deal of hard work, is something of an accolade. We hope that this message will now be imparted to many students as the book is placed into service and that it will cause them to reflect on what can be achieved.'
The hard-backed book, which runs to over 170 pages, has an initial print run of 15,000 and is planned to remain in use for a period of 7 years in High Schools throughout the Bavarian region. Les Ford once more, 'Given the large print run and the length of time the book will be in use, we can perhaps expect in excess of 100,000 students to have learned something of the trail as part of their studies. Our hope is that many of them will be impressed by what they learn and that some will be interested enough to want to visit and experience the TPT for themselves.'
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