Park plays host to 3,975-mile Uganda walk

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WALKING to Uganda may seem an ambitious target to meet in just a weekend.

But that’s the aim Queen Elizabeth Country Park bosses have set themselves.

They want visitors to walk or cycle one of the trails at the park near Clanfield, for a small donation and have the distance added to a running total.

The aim is to reach the 3,975-mile distance from the park to its twin Queen Elizabeth National Park in the African country.

‘The event is not just about fundraising, it’s a family day out and it’s a chance for the local schools that are involved in the twinning project to showcase all the work they have been doing,’ said Steve Peach, senior ranger at QECP.

The money raised on the day will go towards building an environmental education centre in the Ugandan park.

‘Environmental education is incredibly important in Uganda for a number of reasons,’ added Steve, 54.

‘Most important is that the parks there are not fenced in so the opportunity for there to be conflict between the local population and the animals is quite great.’

The Queen Elizabeth Parks Twinning Project has evolved considerably since it started more than 14 years ago.

It has seen a number of exchange visits between the UK and Uganda, the most recent being in the summer of 2014 when a group of nine volunteers travelled to Uganda.

They included representatives from some of the twinned UK schools – Clanfield, Liss and Hart Plain Junior Schools – and the teachers visited their twinned Ugandan schools.

The Walk to Uganda will takes place on Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10.

Anyone interested in finding out more should visit queenelizabethparks.org