For release 11h October 2011
The National Park’s Travel Challenge ran from May through to September encouraging visitors and residents to use sustainable forms of transport for trips into the National Park and to arrive by bus, coach or train or to try one of the many alternatives to the car when visiting the area.
The winning entry was drawn by BBC Weatherman Derek Brockway at the Bannau Brycheiniog Food Festival earlier this month. Mrs Jacqueline Wynde had travelled without a car by using the National Park’s Beacons Bus service which transported her from Cardiff to Brecon and Hay on Wye.
Mrs Wynde expressed her great surprise at winning and is now looking forward to coming back to the National Park to enjoy her grand prize of a fantastic family walking and cycling weekend courtesy of the Bridge Cafe in Brecon and Drover Holidays.
There were also five monthly prize draws with prizes from Herbfarmacy Organic Skincare, Countryfile Magazine subscriptions, Richard Hammond’s 500 Great Escapes and DVDs showcasing the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park.
Mrs Annie Lawrie, Visitor Transport Officer for Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority said: “This challenge has been a huge success and we are pleased that this has raised visitor and residents’ awareness of the impact transport has on the environment of the National Park. Our entrants used so many different forms of transport like the Beacons Bus and local buses, trains, , electric buggies, mountain bikes, canal barges, the Brecon Mountain Railway – that it goes to show if you just take the time to think about it you really don’t need a car to get round the National Park. I’d like to say special congratulations to our winner, Mrs Jacqueline Wynde and all our other entrants, not to mention the fantastic support we’ve received from local businesses. Their commitment to this Green Travel Challenge has set a shining example to all visitors and residents about the benefits of using other forms of transport instead of a car and adopting a greener lifestyle.”
Pictures: Copyright of Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority
Pictured from left to right with the winning ticket: Mrs Julie James, Chairman of Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority with BBC Wales’ Weatherman Derek Brockway and BBC Wales’ Jayne James.