COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR® PARTNERS WITH UK’S NATIONAL PARKSGear
Columbia Sportswear and the UK’s National Parks have announced a first of its kind five-year partnership, making Columbia the official outfitter of the National Parks’ rangers and staff – the people who protect and promote some of Britain’s best-loved landscapes.
Columbia has committed to outfitting upwards of 2,000 National Park staff for five years, including 300 rangers, providing high quality clothing that’s ‘tested tough’ and designed to keep them warm, dry, cool and protected in Britain’s toughest conditions.
Rangers and staff are entrusted to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Parks for all who visit. Their efforts range from rebuilding mountain paths to repairing river moorings, and from leading guided walks to educating school children and community groups about the great outdoors. And they undertake much of this work in some of the wettest, most challenging weather in the world.
Containing some of Britain’s most important and beautiful landscapes, the UK’s 15 National Parks (ten in England, three in Wales and two in Scotland) are free to visit and host over 100 million visitors each year. In addition to outfitting rangers and staff and obtaining their valuable feedback on the gear, Columbia will work alongside the National Parks on new initiatives to deepen the public’s understanding of their National Parks and encourage more people to enjoy the outdoors.
Jacquie Burgess, Chair of National Parks UK says, “Columbia Sportswear is showing a strong commitment to the UK’s National Parks with this partnership. Providing clothing for more than 2,000 staff is a very significant contribution, supporting the very heart of our work. Columbia will take a leading role in helping to increase public understanding of our wonderful National Parks by sharing the stories of our people and our Parks over the coming five years.”
The UK’s 15 National Parks1 exist to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of their protected landscapes, and to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the national parks by the public. The Broads has additional responsibilities to manage its waterways. The Scottish national parks also have a purpose to promote sustainable use of the natural resources of the area. Within England and Wales, in pursuing these purposes the National Park Authorities have a duty to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the national park.
The 15 organisations that look after the UK’s National Parks are the guardians of some of Britain’s most precious and best-loved landscapes. Park authorities have a wide range of responsibilities including conserving wildlife and historic features; improving access; providing education, volunteering and outreach programmes; delivering planning; and helping visitors to make the most of their time in the Park.
Columbia will outfit National Park rangers and staff with several performance pieces, including the OutDryTM Extreme ECO Jacket. The ultimate sustainable waterproof breathable solution for extreme conditions, the OutDry Extreme Jacket is sustainably manufactured without PFCs (Perflourinated compounds)2. The jacket’s design represents a sea-change in the development of performance rainwear, and signifies an important environmental advance. For more information on the OutDry Extreme ECO Jacket, go to: http://www.columbiasportswear.co.uk/outdry-extreme-eco
1. Brecon Beacons, Broads, Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, South Downs, Snowdonia, Yorkshire Dales.
2. No PFCs intentionally used in this product. (May contain trace amounts.)