Boost for Trans Pennine Trail volunteers

Energy company National Grid has given an £18,500 boost to help make sure that the Trans Pennine Trail in the Peak District National Park can be enjoyed by visitors for years to come.

National Grid is currently undertaking works to upgrade electricity cables running through the Woodhead Tunnels.

As a result of the project team’s presence in the local community, links were forged with the Countryside Rangers based in the Peak District National Park and the team wanted to help projects working to maintain the Trans Pennine Trail.

National Grid project manager, Paul McManus met at Torside reservoir with a group of trail volunteers, Fiona Draisey from Peak District National Park and Mandy Loach from the Trans Pennine Trail team to see how the money had been spent.

Paul said: “National Grid’s recent work replacing electricity cables in the Woodhead Tunnels has caused some disruption for the local community and the users of the Trans Pennine Trail, and we wanted to make a gesture to say thank you for their patience and cooperation.”

Groups of volunteers and youth offenders help to carry out some of the essential work to maintain the Peak District section of the 215 mile long trail which stretches in its entirety from Southport in the West to Hornsea on the East Coast.

Fiona Draisey from Peak District National Park, said, “National Grid’s donation has been spent on essential tools and equipment for several projects on the Trail and associated car parks.

“The volunteers and youth offenders help clear the overhanging branches and waterlogged drains on the trail to allow easier and better access so it’s essential we have the right tools for the jobs.”

Some of the donation has also been used to reprint the Trans Pennine Trail visitor maps that are sent out nationally and internationally to encourage visitors to the trail.