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Bid to draw ethnic minorities to national parks

Posted 19 February 2010
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Bid to draw ethnic minorities to national parks
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A campaign to encourage more people from ethic minority groups to visit national parks is to be featured on TV on March 3rd.

Produced by Zeina Aboul Hosn, the programme on the Community Channel will highlight the Mosaic project, including community champions Ahmed and Khadija from Preston, who are keen to encourage more people from their area to visit the national parks.

The Mosaic project has arisen due to the statistic uncovered by research that people from ethnic minority groups account for ten per cent of the UK population but only one per cent of visits to national parks.

Formed in 2009, the campaign is intended to raise up 200 community champions who will aim to ensure at least a further 4,000 people have an experience of a national park.

Those keen to buy Ordnance Survey maps and go walking in a national park for the first time may find them easier to reach such places than they think.

For example, people living in Preston can access direct trains to Windermere, with the journey taking less than one hour.

Posted by Elaine Arthur

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