Local Nature Partnership


State of Nature in the Peak District

The State of Nature in the Peak District report, written by Penny Anderson on behalf of Nature Peak District, is now available to view online here.

Nature Peak District is the Local Nature Partnership for the Peak District - a partnership of individuals, businesses and organisations working together to better understand, appreciate, value and enhance the local natural environment. Our ambition is for:

"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."

Read more about Local Nature Partnerships in the Government's Natural Environment White Paper.

Nature Peak District covers the Peak District National Park and surrounding areas incorporating three National Character Areas; The Dark Peak, White Peak and South West Peak.

We have:

  • an agreed constitution for the Local Nature Partnership
  • an agreed Ambition for the local natural environment
  • an action plan for how this Ambition will be delivered

The Local Nature Partnership is driven by its board: a strategic group of people who recognise the importance of the natural environment of the Peak District and can communicate this to others and influence to deliver action.

How do I get involved?

If you represent a community group, natural history society or other group/organisation with an interest in the natural environment, and would like to be added to the Nature Peak District mailing list please email

How we developed the partnership

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) (external archived website) gave a small amount of one-off funding to help develop Local Nature Partnerships across the country. The National Park Authority was awarded funding to do this for the Peak District on behalf of our partners.

During the early stages, we worked with professional facilitators to develop the partnership concept. We did this through a series of focus groups and workshops with invited representatives from key sectors. Reports from these workshops can be downloaded by clicking on the headings below:

The development phase helped us to prepare our application to become a Government-recognised Local Nature Partnership. Please read our application.

The applications were assessed in Summer 2012, and we were very pleased that Ministers granted us Local Nature Partnership status, please read the letter from the Minister.

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