On Thursday 1 June the South West Peak Landscape Partnership celebrated its official launch at Blaze Farm in Wildboarclough.
The event was well attended by representatives from our fantastic partner organizations and a number of families and individuals stopped by to discuss what the Partnership is and the goals of the 18 distinct projects that will be delivered across the South West Peak. These ambitious projects range from preserving species-rich hay meadows in the area with the Glorious Grasslands project to managing and preventing flooding with Slowing the Flow.
Like many places, the South West Peak faces challenges to both its cultural and natural heritage. Recently, the South West Peak Landscape Partnership was formed and with the support of a £2.4m Heritage Lottery Fund Grant, has begun a 5-year scheme to help strengthen these precious communities and resources.
The Blaze Farm Ice Cream Parlour produced an exclusive “Taste of the South West Peak” ice cream flavour that was enjoyed by one and all. The ice cream was a perfect complement to the beautiful, clear and sunny day with the sound of the resident peacocks echoing across the farm.
Richard Whiting, project manager for Slowing the Flow, brought examples of the different types of animals and insects that frequent the rivers and streams of the South West Peak and these small touch tanks were thoroughly enjoyed by attendees both young and old. Richards’ interpretation of the importance of our waterways elicited interest and agreement from the public and excitement from the South West Peak partners; particularly as these programs begin to get off the ground.
After the ice cream had given everyone a little energy boost Marshall Waller, owner and operator of Blaze farm, was kind enough to lead a well-attended tour of his remarkable facility and the associated nature trails. This tour was thoroughly enjoyed and clearly showed the background workings of a successful business and the amount of work and dedication that goes into it.
After the conclusion of a wonderful day out the South West Peak Landscape Partnership got back to work with the delivery of our projects and will continue to work together with our partners, local residents, visitors and other organizations to shape a better future for the communities, landscape, wildlife and heritage of the South West Peak.