Prince pays tribute to Peak District park

Prince Edward has given the right royal seal of approval to the Peak District and its volunteers.

The Earl of Wessex visited the National Park’s Stanage-North Lees estate, near Hathersage, and handed out awards to five people who have made an outstanding contribution the picturesque visitor attraction.

Accompanied by Lord Lieutenant William Tucker he recognised the efforts of British Mountaineering Council volunteer and Stanage Forum secretary Henry Folkard, warden Bill Gordon, volunteer rangers Mike Harding and Keith Singleton, and Geoff Nickolds, retiring deputy-chair of the Peak District National Park Authority.

National Park chief executive Sarah Fowler said: “It was a privilege to share Stanage-North Lees with Prince Edward, to show him its wild beauty but most importantly for him to see the diverse range of people – including schoolchildren, families, farmers, climbers, walkers, and volunteers – who benefit from and contribute to this magnificent national park landscape in so many different ways.”

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