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70 Years of the Peak District National Park

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Peak District National Park - 70th Anniversary logoThis year (2021) sees the 70th anniversary of the designation of the Peak District as the UK's first National Park, on 17 April 1951.

To support media interest in this milestone birthday, please head to the further information below:


The Peak District National Park Foundation – a great way to give this year

The Foundation (a registered charity) was launched in 2019, ahead of our 70th anniversary to inspire people to explore, enjoy and support the Peak District National Park with an aim to raise £70,000 for projects across the area with #70kfor70.

Peak District National Park Foundation logo

Find out more at peakdistrictfoundation.org.uk.


Key contact details

Photography

Please contact us if you would like to source imagery to accompany content about our 70th anniversary. Note: we are currently unable to offer a cloud-based/online image download service.

Social media


Our people

Subject to availability, the following members of our team may be approached for interview:

Sarah Fowler, chief executive

CEO since 2015, Sarah has represented the UK's national parks across tourism and nature’s recovery and was instrumental in the development of the award-winning English National Park Experience Collection campaign. Also a non-executive board member of VisitEngland, and having previously worked for the Environment Agency and English Nature (Natural England), Sarah is now leading the UK national parks' response to the 2019 independent 'Landscapes Review' authored by Julian Glover. Sarah lives in the heart of the Peak District in Matlock.

Andrew McCloy, chair

A Peak District resident, parish councillor and passionate advocate for the outdoors, Andrew is looking to the future of the Peak District across major issues such as climate change, sustainable transport and people’s understanding of caring for our landscapes. A member of the Outdoor Writers & Photographers Guild, Andrew writes for a number of magazines alongside a role as trustee of the Peak District National Park Foundation and director of National Parks England.

To arrange an interview opportunity with Sarah, Andrew or others from our senior team, please contact media@peakdistrict.gov.uk.

Jen Lowthrop, chair, Peak District National Park Foundation

Jen is a freelance digital marketer and trainer. Also a a trustee for a number of charities and social enterprises, Jen has worked with a range of charities on their social media campaigns. She grew up in the Peak District National Park and is passionate about enabling more people to enjoy our fantastic landscapes, which underpins her role as the Foundation's first chair.

Our rangers

The Peak District National Park has a vibrant team of rangers from all walks of life, including long-standing colleagues and a new, younger generation all working hard to look after a huge array of locations and undertake myriad tasks each and every day. Many of the team are familiar with working alongside the media.

Please contact us to find out who may be available for interview: media@peakdistrict.gov.uk

Specialists

We have passionate and engaging spokespeople across a wide range of topics and activities found across the National Park including:

  • History & cultural heritage
  • Nature & wildlife
  • Climate change and habitat adaptation
  • Access to the outdoors and our trails networks

Get in touch to chat to us about these, or any other topic.

If you are interested in local tourism businesses or the hospitality industry, please contact Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, our local destination marketing organisation.

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