A country retreat

VIP Ugandan High Commissioner Joan Rwabyomere, third left with, left to right, Benon Mugyerwa (conservation warden, QE Park, Uganda), Mark Saines (project member, QE Park),  Karen Peach (QE Park), Charles Etoru (project founder, QE Park, Uganda) and Steve Peach (conservation ranger, QE Park).
VIP Ugandan High Commissioner Joan Rwabyomere, third left with, left to right, Benon Mugyerwa (conservation warden, QE Park, Uganda), Mark Saines (project member, QE Park), Karen Peach (QE Park), Charles Etoru (project founder, QE Park, Uganda) and Steve Peach (conservation ranger, QE Park).
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THE Ugandan High Commissioner to London got to enjoy some of the prettiest countryside England has to offer.

Joan Rwabyomere, visited Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Clanfield, as part of a unique twinning project the beauty spot has with the African nation’s Queen Elizabeth National Park.

And it turns out the views from Butser Hill are some of the High Commissioner’s favourite and she often visits the park as it is a short drive from London.

The parks have been twinned for the last three years, with wardens from each park making the 4,000-mile trip to exchanges ideas on conservation.

Now local schools have got on board, including Clanfield and Hart Plain, as well as Warblington School in Havant.

Schoolchildren and teachers chat regularly online with their peers in Uganda, exchanging ideas and forming friendships.

Steve Peach, conservation ranger at the country park, said the High Commissioner’s visit to Hampshire went well.

He said: ‘She misses the chance to go into the countryside and this is only an hour from London. She treats it like her country retreat!’