Call for research volunteers:

My name is Paul Wilson and I am currently undertaking PhD research (as a mature student) with the University of Derby. The research has been in receipt of a small award from the DEFRA Sustainable Development Fund administered through the Peak District National Park Authority.

This work has been developed to provide manager's of protected landscape with a new research tool to help understand the changing demands facing the countryside as a result of increasing modernisation and urbanisation.  For example the Peak District National Park faces very different challenges in the present day to those faced in the 1950s when the Park was designated.  It is hoped that this research will help us understand these changes more precisely and therefore contribute to more effective long-term policy making for the benefit of both present and future generations.

I am asking to talk to people (this will be a very informal interview) for a maximum of one hour on two occasions.  The interview will concentrate on your feelings for, and experiences of countryside.  Ideally I would like to make contact with a wide range of ages (male and female), long-term residents and people that have moved here more recently (after the 1980s).  Essentially if you have been in receipt of this email I would like to talk to you; alternatively if you know of someone (a friend or neighbour) who is passionate about countryside issues please forward my details.

In addition, I am particularly interested to hear from people who subscribe to (or even read occasionally) magazines that have a strong countryside content.

If you would be willing to participate please contact:

with a few detail about yourself; for example where you live, how long you have lived there etc. Finally it would be helpful if you could let me have a contact number and the most convenient time to call.

If you would like any more details about me or the research I will more than happy to supply this. I look forward to hearing from you.

Paul Wilson

Call for research volunteers