Local Volunteers Sought.
The Trans Pennine Trail is acknowledged as one of the best outdoor recreational resources in the country, so much so in fact that it was the class winner at the first 2006 National Lottery awards ceremony and has received many accolades since. Despite recent trauma's, including last years dreadful 2007 floods which temporarily destroyed several sections of the trail and damaged many others, it continues to go from strength to strength with user numbers rising year on year.
Commenting on the growing popularity of the route recently Trail Officer Les Ford said, 'We continue to be delighted at the number of people from all walks of life who get out and enjoy the TPT and report back so enthusiastically about their experiences. This is in no small measure due to all the exciting events that take place on the Trail throughout the year and our excellent Volunteer Rangers who regularly patrol it and ensure that it is maintained in good order. We want this situation to continue and improve wherever possible and in this context we are looking for help in some areas of the Trail from regular users who might consider becoming Volunteer Rangers.'
Advising on what would be required from volunteers Les went on to say, 'There is nothing too onerous about the duties and responsibilities we have in mind. Basically, we agree with a volunteer which section of the route they will keep their eyes on. Then all we are looking for is feedback and information about the state of the Trail, missing signage, damaged gates and stiles and eroded paths, etc to be reported for our partners to fix. Some of our Volunteer Rangers are keen to do more, often working together with other rangers in the area to undertake simple practical tasks such as clean up days, vegetation clearance or signing rides.”
If we could recruit just a few more volunteers from amongst the many hundreds of Trail users who could phone or e-mail information back to the TPT office in Barnsley it would make a big difference and help us respond quickly when problems occur and generally keep the Trail in good order.' Click here to see what our Volunteers have been up to recently.
Les can be contacted by walkers, cyclists, horse riders and other Trail users interested in helping out to maintain the TPT in first class condition on 01226 772574 and email@example.com
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