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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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VOLUNTEERS are needed to help national park rangers give Windermere, its islands and the shoreline an annual spring clean prior to the start of the main busy holiday season.

The “Winderclean” operation, in and around the lake, begins next Saturday, May 19, with gatherings in Bowness, Windermere and Ambleside.

If enough people volunteer, the clean-up could even spread further to places like Rydal, Grasmere, Langdales, Skelwith and Troutbeck.

Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) management ranger Steve Tatlock says: “As ever we will provide all the kit needed to pick up litter in a safe manner, people just need to come with weather-appropriate clothing and loads of enthusiasm.

“All ages are able to take part and anyone under 16 is welcome if they bring an adult with them.

“Windermere is such a stunning and popular lake and if we all work together we can ensure that the lake area continues to look its best for the millions of visitors and local residents.”

Individuals or schools and community groups are urged to contact the LDNPA on 01539 724555 for more details and to indicate when and where they might be able to help.

The LDNPA is also recruiting up to 12 new Countryside Volunteers and five specific lake volunteers for Bassenthwaite Nature Reserve.

The countryside roles will be very ‘hands on’ and will include a range of practical tasks such as vegetation clearance, surveys, patrols, work parties and property checks.

At Bassenthwaite volunteers will be working pro-actively with all lake recreational users, checking permits, offering advice, answering questions and being a visible LDNPA presence.

Chris Tomlin, Park Management Leader North, says: “This is a great opportunity to learn new skills, meet other people and help look after this wonderful national park. The roles are open to anyone and will particularly suit individuals who enjoy being outside doing physical tasks and are prepared to be ambassadors for the National Park.

“No experience is necessary but a reasonable level of strength and fitness would be desirable for these very practical volunteering opportunities. You will initially work alongside our Park Management staff and other volunteers and will have access to a thorough induction and training programme including courses on first aid, dealing with the public, rights of way, plus any specialist practical training that is required.”

To apply or for more information about the roles, contact recruitment coordinator Annie Duckworth on 01539 792891.

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