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Wirral park rangers cement their links across the Atlantic
Updated 11:23am Friday 4th April 2014 in News
Paul Sinclair (left) and Paul Davies will help launch Forest Schools during their working trip to Central Park, New York.
RANGERS from Birkenhead Park will share their knowledge and experience across the Atlantic during a special trip to New York.
Paul Davies and Paul Sinclair's visit to the Central Park Conservancy follows a trip by its president Doug Blonsky to Birkenhead last year.
During their working visit, which begins on April 28, the two Pauls will give presentations on subjects such as the park's history and influence on the development Central Park.
They will explain their role as rangers in a British park and particularly how British parks engage and integrate with the local community.
They will also help launch Central Park's Forest Schools programme, which has been directly influenced by the successful programme Wirral park rangers have developed, which encourages young people to use the great outdoors to inspire creative learning.
During two visits to Wirral last year, Forest Schools was one of the initiatives which Central Park staff were keen to emulate back in New York City.
The Rangers hope to return with a greater understanding of the commercial and fundraising potential of a popular public park.
Councillor Chris Meaden, Wirral council's cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, added: "It is fantastic to see how this partnership with the Central Park Conservancy is developing.
"Doug Blonsky’s visit last year, followed up by a further fact-finding mission by two of his senior managers, was a shot in the arm for the parks service in Wirral.
"I am immensely proud that some of the projects we are delivering here are being emulated in New York City.”
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