National walking campaign met with wonderful High Peak volunteers

A team from Eden Project's Great Big Walk meeting volunteers at the Serpentine Community Farm in Buxton
A team from Eden Project's Great Big Walk meeting volunteers at the Serpentine Community Farm in Buxton

A national walking project aimed at bringing people together and highlighting the work of community groups has passed through the High Peak.

The Great Big Walk, an idea from the Cornwall-based Eden Project funded by the National Lottery and other supporters including the Jo Cox Foundation, met with volunteers from High Peak Community Arts and Serpentine Community Farm last week.

Peter Stewart, Eden Project Executive Director, said: “The Great Big Walk is an incredible project shining a light on the ordinary people all over the UK doing extraordinary things for their community. Whether coming together in celebration or in solidarity, in times like these the importance of community unity is greater than ever before. This project will share the positive impact that people coming together can have.”

The Great Big Walk set off on May 29 and five teams will make their way from Batley -the constituency of murdered MP Jo Cox - to Cornwall visiting all corners of the country on the way visiting community groups and projects like High Peak Community Arts and Serpentine.

Alison Bowry, of High Peak Community Arts said: “We had a wonderful time. The walkers were really interested in all of our community arts work. It is always great to be able to share our work, and for us it was very affirming.”