Special award for students

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Peak District youngsters are showing they know what is special in the National Park by achieving a new award.

The Peak District Award celebrates people’s knowledge of the Peak District National Park’s special qualities, such as its wildlife, plants and local history.

It has been introduced by the Peak District National Park Authority to encourage people to find out about the park by going on a guided ranger walk, visiting cultural sites or volunteering to help out with projects and earn recognition for their achievements.

The scheme has been test-piloted by 24 students from Buxton College, including 15 to 19 year olds and adult learners, and schoolchildren aged five to 11 years, from Longnor and Flash and Edale primary schools.

Buxton College Lecturer on the Learning for Living and Work programme Peter Johnson, said: “The Award has so far given these students the chance to work on some fantastic projects in the outdoors. This has inspired confidence and self esteem, and aided their team building skills.”

The youngsters studied it for at least ten hours with the help of national park rangers and the learning discovery team. They took part in conservation activities, such as making bird boxes, pond-dipping and maintaining paths.

The main requirement is that students and teachers find out more about what makes the Peak District National Park special.

The team aim to extend the award to the public later in the year.