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How would you like to be a national park ranger for a day? Or perhaps you would prefer to join a merry band of Celts.
These are just two, free activities taking place at the Moorland Festival at the Sutton Bank National Park Centre on Sunday (July 29, 2012).
As the heart of the park turns purple, you can meet the national park’s rangers and go on patrol with them. Fill in your special “Moorland Passport” and you might win a prize.
Or you could learn about Celtic traditions by dressing up as a Celt for the day. A band of Celts will bring the sights, smells and stories of the ancient moorland to life and there will be plenty of opportunities for face-painting and craft-making.
There will also be a butterfly marquee where you can make butterflies from recycled materials. When yours is complete, it will become part of the Moorland Butterfly House art installation, and, in return, you will receive a packet of wildflower seeds to take home and attract your own butterflies and moths.
Conservationist Dave Wainwright will also be there to tell you how a thriving butterfly population is essential to the well-being of the moors. Dave will give you the facts and tell you how you can help at home.
Other activities include:
• Paper–making with Pulpitations (free)
• Clay artwork for children aged six and above with Andrea Cundell (£1.50)
• Creating felt sheep and butterflies with Penny Abbey and Liz Wattress (£1.50)
• Meet a gamekeeper and learn about the importance of moorland
• North Yorkshire County Council Rotters talk about peat conservation and composting
There will also be demonstrations and displays by felt-maker Margaret Jackson, chainsaw carver Steve Iredale, Paul Jowett of the British Falconers Club, beekeepers Chris and Linda Smailes with their glass-fronted beehive, and Barry Warrington of Cleveland Search and Rescue team.
The activities are between 11.00am and 4.30pm – drop in for an hour or two. There is no need to book.
Sutton Bank National Park Centre is on the A170 between Thirsk and Helmsley.
Sunday’s event coincides with National Parks week from July 30 to August 5. This year’s event is a celebration of our beautiful landscapes which have inspired mountaineers, sailors, cyclists, runners and Olympic athletes to aim higher and train harder – sometimes to record-breaking effect.
Sebastian Coe, now Lord Coe and the man in charge of our 2012 Olympic Games, was brought up in Sheffield and used to train in the Peak District National Park before going on to win Olympic gold medals in Moscow (1980) and Los Angeles (1984) and many other medals in a glittering athletic career.
North York Moors National Park
1. In 2012 the North York Moors is celebrating 60 years as a National Park. It was created on 28 November 1952 and became Britain’s sixth National Park. For more information on events celebrating the 60th anniversary go to www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/60thanniversary.
2. The North York Moors National Park is the place where nature and history inspire each other. Its contrasting landscape has a long imprint of human activity: prehistoric remains, vibrant villages and breathtaking abbeys. Ancient trees, towering coastal cliffs and rolling heather moorland provide habitats for a wide range of wildlife and its wide open spaces and breathtaking vistas bring a sense of peace and tranquillity.
3. The North York Moors is one of 15 National Parks which are home to some of the most spectacular and valued landscapes in Britain. More information on all National Parks can be found at www.nationalparks.gov.uk.
4. Nearly 14% of our staff are apprentices from local families.
Linda Blackburne, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
Tel: 01439 772700