National park seeks volunteers

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The North York Moors National Park is increasing the opportunities it has for volunteers.

Traditionally the scope for people wanting to get involved has been limited to taking part in conservation projects but now the national park is looking for help in other areas.

There are four main areas where volunteers are needed but it is also open to ideas on other ways that people can contribute experience and enthusiasm.

They are in the visitor centres such as the one at Danby where volunteers can provide a warm welcome and information to visitors and to assist staff with retail, helping to run and promote events such as workshops and children’s activities and leading guided walks.

There is an existing team of volunteers who lead informative walks across the vast expanse of the North York Moors looking at the area’s wildlife and heritage.

Vacancies for volunteers have also come up in the Inspired by… gallery – to help set up, promote and steward the gallery’s programme of exhibitions.

An open day for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer or finding out more is being held next week.

It is the The Moors National Park Centre in Danby on Wednesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Graham Stubbs, Head of the National Park Authority’s Volunteer Service, said: “Over the last ten years, our volunteers have made an outstanding contribution to the national park complementing and extending the work of our own staff.

“They bring an enormous range of skills and experience and we would like eventually to be able to offer volunteer opportunities in every area.”