Projects and partnerships


We work with a vast range of organisations and groups to look after the national park. Please find below a list of our main partnership groups and projects.

Columbia Sportswear


The UK’s 15 National Parks are working together with Columbia Sportswear making Columbia the Official Outfitter to the National Park rangers and staff - the people who protect and promote some of Britain’s best-loved landscapes.

Demonstrating huge commitment to the National Parks, Columbia is outfitting upwards of 2,000 National Park staff 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.

Dark skies

The Peak District National Park Authority, Nottingham Trent University and the Science and Technology Facilities Council have announced the creation of several new national dark sky discovery sites. One of these sites is located at the Peak District National Park's Access for All site at Surprise View near Hathersage.

Find out more about dark skies.

Fire Operations Group (FOG)

The Fire Operations Group (FOG) was formed in 1996 after a serious moorland blaze. It brings together a partnership of six fire services, national park rangers, National Trust wardens, water companies, major landowners and gamekeepers. The group draws up fire plans, oversees specialist fire-fighting equipment, raises awareness of moorland fires and the consequences, and prepares and trains for emergencies.

Find out more about the Fire Operations Group.

Growing and Developing the Visitor Economy Sector within Derbyshire

The project is receiving up to £1.9 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

We are working collaboratively with Marketing Peak District and Derbyshire, Derbyshire Dales District Council and other partners across Derbyshire to deliver a package of support for businesses within the visitor economy sector and its wider supply chain.

As part of the programme we are delivering the ‘Pedal Peak for Business’ initiative which aims to increase competitiveness of Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) to create a cycle friendly destination by supporting the development of tourism businesses that are cycle friendly and contribute to a growing economy.

Local Access Forum

The Peak District Local Access Forum is an independent group that meets regularly to review and advise the National Park Authority and Derbyshire County Council on improvements to public access to the countryside of the Peak District. The forum first met in December 2000 following the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. It was re-established in 2003 with new members.

Find out more about the Local Access Forum.

Local Nature Partnership

The Local Nature Partnership (LNP) is a partnership of individuals, businesses and organisations working together to better understand, appreciate, value and enhance the local natural environment. Its ambition is to see a thriving and inspiring landscape richer in bio- and geo-diversity; where a valued natural and cultural environment, central to decision-making, is managed for wildlife, promotes healthier lives and benefits the local economy.

Find out more about the Local Nature Partnership.

Making Great Memories in England's National Parks

In partnership with eight National Parks in England, the Peak District National Park Authority has secured £1m funding through the Visit England Discover England Fund. The 18 month project will introduce a collection of National Park Experiences; an Australian and German travel-trade focussed proposition which will develop the appeal of England’s National Parks through the development of a range of new and immersive experiences targeting international visitors - the quintessential, the extraordinary and the exceptional - side by side with some stand-out internationally renowned iconic places.

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Moors for the Future

The Moors for the Future Partnership works to raise awareness of why the Peak District and South Pennine moors are so valuable, encourage responsible use and care of the landscape, to conserve moorland resources and develop expertise on how to protect them.

Find out more about Moors for the Future.

Peak Park Parishes' Forum

The Peak Park Parishes' Forum (PPPF) was established on 23 April 1994 to work for, and on behalf of, local councils (i.e. Parish or Town Council or Parish Meeting) within the Peak District National Park.

Find out more about the Peak Park Parishes' Forum.

South West Peak Landscape Partnership

The South West Peak Landscape Partnership is a new Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funded partnership seeking to understand, value and conserve the South West Peak part of the Peak District.

Find out more about the South West Peak Landscape Partnership.

Stanage Forum

The Stanage Forum is a ground-breaking process which began back in 2000. It has found agreement on how to manage one of the best loved areas of countryside in the UK, by consensus with all of its many stakeholders. The area in question is the Stanage/North Lees Estate near Hathersage in Derbyshire, which is owned by the Peak District National Park Authority. The forum provides opportunities for everyone to become involved in its management.

Find out more about the Stanage Forum.

Trails steering group

The Trails Management Plan covers a five-year period and focuses on the management of the four Authority-owned recreational trails: the Monsal Trail, the Tissington Trail, the High Peak Trail and the Thornhill Trail. All four trails are popular with a wide variety of users, including walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The trails steering group, which represents the main interest groups and user groups associated with the trails, was instrumental in developing the Trails Management Plan.

Find out more about the Trails Steering Group.

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