I headed up the river to Greenwich by clipper (the best way to travel the Thames) and reached the old Royal Naval College and Maritime Greenwich, including the historic Queen's House - the venue for this launch. We all had a chance to mingle and chat before heading in for a talk by representatives of Columbia Sportswear, the UK National Parks and also Julia Bradbury, a keen walker and outdoor enthusiast.
They've committed to outfitting more than 2,000 National Park staff for 5 years, including 300 rangers, and also providing high quality clothing that’s ‘tested tough’ and has been specifically designed to keep them warm, dry, cool and protected in Britain’s toughest conditions.
The National Park rangers and staff are entrusted to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Parks for all who visit. From rebuilding mountain paths to repairing river moorings, and from leading guided walks to educating school children and community groups about the great outdoors, their days are busy and challenging, and they undertake much of this work in some of the wettest weather in the world, as us outdoorsy folk well know!
Containing some of Britain’s most important and beautiful landscapes, the UK’s 15 National Park are free to visit and host over 100 million visitors each year, and I regularly head to Dartmoor and the New Forest, almost weekly, so know first hand the work being done, and how beautiful they are!
In addition to outfitting rangers and staff and getting feedback on the kit, Columbia will work alongside the National Parks on new initiatives to deepen the public’s understanding of their National Parks and encourage more people to enjoy the outdoors.
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