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Yorkshire Dales showcased to Balkan tourism chiefs

Posted 24 March 2010
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Yorkshire Dales showcased to Balkan tourism chiefs
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The Yorkshire Dales has provided the setting for visitors from the Balkans who came on a fact-finding mission to discover more about conservation practices in British national parks.

Members of the National Park Authority showed the visitors from Serbia, Kosovo and Albania around Malhamdale and Wensleydale, as well as the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The visitors came from the Balkans Peace Park Project, which concerns a mountainous area straddling the borders between the three countries.

Chief executive of the authority David Butterworth said: "This latest visit by colleagues from the Balkans is part of a continuing collaboration that sees us exchanging ideas and working practices so we can all improve the way in which we look after our surroundings."

The development of new conservation ideas may help sustain the Yorkshire Dales as an attractive place to go with hiking equipment for a day's walking.

Earlier this month the authority revealed that it has recruited its 100th member of a conservation group it has established to help protect its most famous challenge - the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Friends of the Three Peaks aims to help keep the footpaths around Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-Y-Ghent in good order.

Posted by Brandon Egley