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2004 press releases

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2004 press releases

CONSERVATION REPAIRS IN CALES DALE
An ancient path in the Peak District is to be repaired thanks to a partnership between National Park Rangers, English Nature staff and conservation volunteers.
5 January 2004

PEAK DISTRICT PLANNERS ARE SPEEDING UP
Planning applications are being determined faster than ever by the Peak District National Park Authority, despite a big increase in the number being lodged with the Authority.
5 January 2004

TWO MORE PEAK DISTRICT BUSINESSES SCOOP GRANTS
Two innovative Peak District businesses are the latest to receive funding from the New Environmental Economy Programme, a scheme that boosts environmentally-friendly enterprises. The businesses – an acupuncture clinic at Quarnford in Staffordshire and a food hamper service at Bakewell - share £35,000.
12 January 2004

TOURISM BUSINESSES URGED TO GET BEHIND PEAK DISTRICT BRAND
Local tourism enterprises are being urged to boost their business by taking advantage of one of the strongest tourism brands in the UK – the Peak District.
13 January 2004

NATIONAL PARK NEWS OUT NOW FOR RESIDENTS & VISITORS
PeakDistrict 2004, the free newspaper and guide to the National Park, is now available from Information Centres and libraries.
14 January 2004

COMMENTS INVITED ON LEES CROSS AND ENDCLIFFE QUARRIES
Over the next four weeks the Peak District National Park Authority is inviting interested parties to comment on proposals to reopen quarries at Stanton Lees near Matlock.
3 February 2004

GREEN LIGHT FOR PROJECT TO BOOST PEAK DISTRICT ECONOMY
A partnership between the Peak District and Scandinavia will look at new ways boost the areas' economies by helping small businesses harness their greatest asset – the local environment. The BESST project (Business and Environment linked through Small Scale Tourism) is one of the first partnerships of its kind in Europe.
20 February 2004

GRANTS WILL FUND VITAL RESEARCH
A total of £10,000 in grants has been awarded to fund research that will contribute to the vital work of the Moors for the Future partnership, one of the country's largest conservation projects.
20 February 2004

NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY'S BOOST FOR PEAK DISTRICT ECONOMY
A Peak District grant scheme that boosts the local economy by setting up new enterprises and helping existing business diversify has created and safeguarded hundreds of local jobs since it was launched.
23 February 2004

COMMUNITY DOCUMENT WILL PLAY KEY ROLE IN PLANNING PROCESS
A rural Peak District community will play a crucial role in guiding how the area is developed, after the Peak District National Park Authority officially adopted their views as a key part of its planning process.
24 February 2004

WALK AROUND NATIONAL PARK BOUNDARY CELEBRATES GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY
A very special guided walk will be taking place in the Peak District during April, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Park Authority's ranger service.
25 February 2004

UNPRECEDENTED LEVEL OF SUPPORT FOR RARE BIRDS AT BRITAIN'S BUSIEST CLIMBING CRAG
Ring Ouzels (the scarce 'Mountain Blackbird') are about to return to Stanage Edge, in the Peak District National Park. Following last year’s remarkable success, when two pairs nested in the middle of the most popular climbing crag in Britain, an unprecedented level of agreement has been reached to help the birds again this year.
2 March 2004

REDUCTION IN NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY MEMBERSHIP ANNOUNCED
The membership of the Peak District National Park Authority, currently 38 members, is to be reduced to 30. News of the reduction came in an announcement made this week by Alun Michael, the Minister for Rural Affairs and Local Environmental Quality.
3 March 2004

NEW MOORLAND CENTRE FOR EDALE
A new learning and research centre to be based in the foothills of some of the Peak District's most dramatic and well-known moorlands is one step closer.
8 March 2004

CLIMBERS & NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY PARTNERSHIP APPROACH TO CAR PARKING AT STANAGE
Thanks to a joint project proposal by the Peak District National Park Authority and the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), the Access and Conservation Trust (ACT) have agreed to put £1,000 towards the cost of improving the design of a car park at Stanage Edge.
8 March 2004

HEAR IT HERE - NATIONAL PARK NEWS IS TAPED
PeakDistrict 2004, the free newspaper and guide to the National Park, is now available on audio tape from Information Centres and libraries.
9 March 2004

JACK & JILL WENT UP THE HILL & FETCHED A TRAIL OF INTEREST
A new trail and leaflet has been devised thanks to the efforts of local schoolchildren working with the Peak District National Park Authority.
16 March 2004

EAST – WEST - PEAK RANGERS ARE BEST – AT SHOWING THE PUBLIC THE WAY
Walkers exploring the Peak District need never lose their bearings again thanks to a free training course available from the National Park rangers.
16 March 2004

WILL THE YOLK BE ON YOU IN THE MACCLESFIELD FOREST THIS EASTER?!
Fun and games are the order of the day this Easter with a great fun-packed
16 March 2004

CHANGING MEMBERS FOR PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY
Two new members have been welcomed to the Peak District National Park Authority.
23 March 2004

FORUM PLAYS KEY ROLE IN MOVE TOWARDS GREATER COUNTRYSIDE ACCESS
Peak District farmers and landowners, ramblers and conservationists are working closely together to help prepare the way for greater public access to open countryside.
24 March 2004

RANGERS CALL FOR EXTRA CARE FOR WILDLIFE IN THE PEAK
Visitors to the Peak District are being asked to take extra care this spring to protect wildlife and moorland stock.
30 March 2004

SPRING CLEAN FOR NATIONAL PARK BOUNDARY SIGNS IN RANGERS' GOLDEN YEAR
National Park boundary signs are being spruced up this spring by the Peak District National Park Authority's countryside maintenance team.
31 March 2004

NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY'S CONCERN AT FARM PAYMENTS PROPOSALS
The Peak District National Park Authority is urging the Government to rethink proposals for a new national system of farming payments. The Authority fears that the new scheme could cut the income of many Peak District farmers by up to 75%.
5 April 2004

POEMS WILL HELP CELEBRATE A VERY SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY
Time is running out for people to submit poems and rhymes for a special project that will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peak District National Park Authority's ranger service.
6 April 2004

NATIONAL PARK'S SUPPORT FOR LOCAL GROUPS AND BUSINESSES
A fund set up two years ago to encourage sustainable development has benefited dozens of community & voluntary groups and businesses throughout the Peak District.
22 April 2004

CHANCE FOR MORE PEOPLE TO 'SCOOT' INTO THE COUNTRYSIDE
A new mobility scooter has been unveiled at the Ashbourne Cycle Hire Centre.
26 April 2004

"IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS TODAY..." BRING YOUR OWN TEDDY!
If you like teddy bears and are looking for something a bit different to do with the family this weekend then take yourself along to Macclesfield Forest!
26 April 2004

AUTHORITY SETS TIGHT DEADLINE TO RESOLVE BACKDALE QUARRY CASE
A decision on whether to take enforcement action against a quarrying company at Longstone Edge will be made within weeks by the Peak District National Park Authority's planning control committee.
26 April 2004

NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR PEAK'S MARK OF QUALITY
The Peak District Environmental Quality Mark (EQM) scheme has been judged one of the best environmental schemes in the UK.
27 April 2004

GRANT RECOGNISES NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS
Peak District planners have been boosted with a £185,000 government grant. The funding recognises the big service improvements registered by the National Park Authority.
27 April 2004

MOORS PROJECT IS COUNTING ON THE BIRDS THIS YEAR
Important wildlife research that will contribute to the vital work of the Moors for the Future partnership - one of the country's largest conservation projects - is now underway.
5 May 2004

PARLIAMENTARY PARLEZ IN THE PEAK
The Peak District set the scene last weekend for the All Party Parliamentary Group annual visit to National Parks attended by MPs, Lords and representatives of key environmental organizations, such as the Council for National Parks, Open Spaces Society and Association of National Park Authorities.
5 May 2004

FAMILY FUN AT THE GOYT VALLEY
Families should beat a path to the Goyt Valley on June 2.
7 May 2004

CONCERN FOR FUTURE PROSPECTS OF THE PEAK'S LEAD MINING PAST
A recent survey has found that three quarters of surface remains of the Peak District's former lead mining industry have been lost over the last 100 years.
10 May 2004

VISIT CURBAR WOOD IN THE SPRING
Wildflowers, bird song and a woodland walk are the order of the day this Sunday (16 May) for a free, family event organised by the National Park Authority.
10 May 2004

NEW DISTINCTION FOR PEAK DISTRICT DINING
Diners are being urged to seek out the Peak next week when a new campaign is launched to put the Peak District on the culinary map.
11 May 2004

PARK AUTHORITY TO DEFEND 'DORMANT' QUARRY CHALLENGE IN THE HIGH COURT
The Peak District National Park Authority is to defend its listing of the Endcliffe and Lees Cross Quarries at Stanton Moor as dormant.
13 May 2004

UNEARTHING THE PEAK'S LEAD MINING PAST
May 22 - 29 is Lead Rakes Week in the Peak District and, to celebrate, the Lead Rakes Project has organised a full programme of activities designed to showcase the 2,000 year history of a once thriving industry that shaped the landscape we see today.
13 May 2004

"OLD SMITHY" FORGES NEW LIFE AS VILLAGE STORE AND TEA-SHOP
A once-derelict blacksmith's forge is re-invigorating village life in the picturesque Peak District.
18 May 2004

SPONSORS SOUGHT FOR NATIONAL PARK EXCHANGE PROJECT
Sponsors are being sought for an innovative exchange project that aims to raise awareness of the special qualities of the Peak District and a National Park in Sri Lanka.
18 May 2004

CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF THE TRANS PENNINE TRAIL
The Trans Pennine Trail is celebrating its 15th Anniversary with a cycle ride along the full 215-mile coast-to-coast route of the Trail from Southport to Hornsea.
19 May 2004

QUESTION: WHAT HAVE RANGERS, SCHOOLKIDS, TEACHERS AND TRAINS GOT IN COMMON? ANSWER: EUROPARC DAY!
100 Peak District schoolchildren are helping to celebrate international Europarc Day this year by swapping villages for the day to find out how their neighbours are protecting the environment.
19 May 2004

DECISION EXPECTED SOON ON HIGH COURT CASE
A legal ruling on the status of the Lees Cross and Endliffe quarries is expected within the next few weeks.
21 May 2004

EUREKA - IT'S EUROPARC DAY - AND YOUTH RANGERS CELEBRATE
Today (Monday 24 May) is international Europarc Day and to celebrate a new Youth Ranger programme is being launched in the Peak District.
24 May 2004

CALL FOR WALKERS TO TAKE EXTRA CARE ON FARM LAND
Walkers in the Peak District are being asked to take extra care for their own safety when crossing fields containing livestock.
24 May 2004

AUTHORITY STILL WANTS A BETTER DEAL FOR NATIONAL PARK FARMING
The Peak District National Park Authority has pledged to continue pressing its concerns for local farming, after the Government agreed to amend its proposals for a new national system of farm payments.
25 May 2004

ART TO PLAY A PART IN PEAK PARK PROMOTION
Artists and craftspeople are getting creative in a drive to promote their work and the Peak District.
28 May 2004

TWO MORE BUSINESSES WIN PEAK'S MARK OF EVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE
Two Peak District businesses - Riverside B&B, at Hulme End, near Hartington, and Peak District Fine Foods, a local delivery service - have received prestigious Environmental Quality Mark (EQM) awards from the Peak District National Park Authority in recognition of their high environmental standards.
1 June 2004

NEW PATHWAY GIVES EASY ACCESS TO GOYT VALLEY
Families with young children or the less-active can now share in the delights of the Goyt Valley thanks to a new £12,000 easy-access riverside walk.
7 June 2004

HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THE PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK
People living and working in and around the Peak District National Park are being urged to attend a series of public meetings which will help shape the future of the Park.
8 June 2004

BRIGHTER OUTLOOK FOR PEAK DISTRICT VILLAGES
A host of Peak District villages will look brighter this summer after the Peak District National Park Authority awarded thousands of pounds to help improve local features and amenities.
10 June 2004

NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY WELCOMES PUBLICATION OF RAIL STUDY
The Peak District National Park Authority has welcomed today's publication of a feasibility study into the possible re-opening of the Matlock to Buxton rail link.
15 June 2004

ELEVENTH HOUR LEGAL BID FORCES AUTHORITY TO DEFER QUARRY REPORT
Eleventh hour legal representations have forced the Peak District National Park Authority to defer possible enforcement action against the operator of Backdale quarry.
18 June 2004

QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOUR FOR OUR VERY OWN PRINCE!
Peak District National Park Authority member Sue Prince was surprised and delighted to be awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
21 June 2004

HIGH COURT SAYS STANTON MOOR QUARRIES ARE 'DORMANT'
The Peak District National Park Authority has welcomed today's High Court declaration that Endcliffe and Lees Cross Quarries at Stanton Moor should be legally classified as dormant.
22 June 2004

NATIONAL AWARD FOR PEAK'S LANDSCAPE PLANNERS
The Peak District National Park Authority has won national recognition and praise from the Landscape Institute (LI), the chartered professional body for landscape architects, in their 75th Anniversary Members' Awards.
25 June 2004

NATIONAL PARKS NAMED 'GREATEST LANDSCAPE INFLUENCE'
The Landscape Institute (LI) named the National Park movement as the greatest influence on the UK's landscape in the last 75 years in their 75th Anniversary Members' Awards.
25 June 2004

BRIAN BLESSED TO UNVEIL FLAGSHIP CENTRE DURING NATIONAL PARKS WEEK
ational Parks Week will be celebrated in the Peak District with the official opening of a flagship £1m visitor centre.
29 June 2004

SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF NATIONAL PARKS
A new national survey has revealed that 95% of people believe the UK's National Parks are valuable assets worth protecting from unsympathetic development.
30 June 2004

PERFORMANCE PLAN HIGHLIGHTS AUTHORITY'S PROGRESS & VISION FOR THE FUTURE
The Peak District National Park Authority today (30 June) publishes its Best Value Performance Plan. The plan reports on last year's achievements and details the Authority's plans for the future.
30 June 2004

LAMA SPOTTED ON BLEAKLOW!
The Moors for the Future partnership team have been busy overseeing a major reseeding operation of heather moors, including much of Bleaklow in the Peak District National Park.
30 June 2004

NEW PROJECT WILL PROVIDE A BOOST FOR PEAK BUSINESSES
How could your organisation cut pollution? How could your staff learn new "green" ways of working or build links with the local community?
5 July 2004

NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR AUTHORITY'S POLICIES ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING
The Peak District National Park Authority's pioneering policy on protecting affordable housing for local needs is helping other National Parks around the UK develop their own strategies.
5 July 2004

PEAK TOURISM WEBSITE TOPS ONE MILLION HITS A MONTH
The official Peak District tourism website launched in January is booming - attracting more than one million hits per month.
6 July 2004

QUALITY MAKES ITS MARK IN NATIONAL PARKS WEEK
Caring for customers and the environment - that's the proud achievement of a growing number of businesses awarded the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark.
7 July 2004

NATIONAL PARK RESIDENTS GO GREEN - AND WIN AN AWARD
A Bakewell community group has restored its pond to prizewinning glory - thanks to help from the Peak District National Park Authority.
9 July 2004

BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION 'BLESSED' WITH A HELPING HAND
Last year the National Park Authority teamed up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and regional ambulance services to launch the life-saving project.
12 July 2004

HIGH PEAK MAGISTRATES MAKE EVERY SECOND COUNT!
Thirty local Magistrates and their partners put their best foot forward and helped raise funds for the Peak National Park Lifeline Appeal - "Making Every Second Count" - when they walked the Monsal Trail from Bakewell to Buxton.
14 July 2004

SUMMER COURSES AND TALKS ARE TAILORED FOR ALL AT LOSEHILL HALL
If you want to expand your knowledge or develop an interest or hobby in the heart of the Peak District, then Losehill Hall could be the place for you!
14 July 2004

QUARRY COMPANY APPLIES FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL AGAINST HIGH COURT RULING
Quarrying company Stancliffe Stone has confirmed that it has applied for leave to appeal against the recent High Court ruling on Lees Cross and Endcliffe quarries.
14 July 2004

GRANTS BOOST FOR NATIONAL PARK COMMUNITY & ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS
More community groups and businesses are celebrating as the Peak District National Park Authority announces the latest in a series of grants for local projects that have a lasting benefit for the environment.
19 July 2004

NEW CODE FEATURES CREATURE COMFORTS
The launch this month (July) of a new Countryside Code - updated for the first time in 20 years by the Countryside Agency has been welcomed by the Peak District National Park Authority.
20 July 2004

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS
North Lees Hall, Hathersage will be open, free of charge on Saturday September 11 and Sunday September 12 from 12pm - 5pm, as part of the Heritage Open Days 2004.
26 July 2004

LAMB'S LOSS LEADS TO SAFETY CAMPAIGN WITH DOG OWNERS
The National Park Authority and a local dog owner have joined forces to urge dog walkers in the Peak District to keep heir pets under control to protect sheep and wildlife following an incident which led to the death of a lamb.
26 July 2004

BOOK NOW FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN IN THE FOREST
Parents looking for an entertaining and affordable day out for children in the school holidays should check out a Forest Fun Day.
28 July 2004

Peak birdlife takes wing - with £500,000 help to landowners
Populations of three endangered Peak District bird species are being boosted by grants to farmers and landowners worth £500,000 over the next 10 years.
2 August 2004

Family fun day at the Goyt Valley
Families looking for a fun day out in the school holidays should hit the trail to the beautiful Goyt Valley.
4 August 2004

Tour of Britain brings biking bonus for pedal-pushers!
Half-price cycle hire and the chance to win a prize bike - that's the wheel deal for spectators when the cycling Tour of Britain rolls into the Peak District next month.
17 August 2004

National Park Authority faces appeal against High Court ruling
A recent High Court ruling - in favour of the Peak District National Park Authority - is to be challenged in the Court of Appeal.
18 August 2004

Book now to walk on the wild side
With just weeks to go before the new right to walk on open country comes into force, ramblers and amblers can sample the delights of walking in a dramatic open moorland landscape with knowledgeable guides and friendly advice on where to walk, how to be safe and respect the countryside.
19 April 2004

Moors project is counting on you
Visitor surveys that will contribute to the vital work of the Moors for the Future partnership - one of the country's largest conservation projects - is now underway at access points to the moorlands of the Peak District.
26 August 2004

Peak District gears up for launch of access to open country
Walkers will soon be welcome to some of the wildest landscape in the country, following the introduction of new access legislation.
26 August 2004

National Park Authority expresses concern over threat to payphones
The Peak District National Park Authority has expressed strong concern at BT plans to remove 43 countryside payphones.
31 August 2004

Calling green fingered growers
Looking after the lawn in the summer months is a challenge for gardeners but imagine tending four square kilometres…you'd want an army of helpers! The Moors for the Future partnership is looking for local horticultural and gardening clubs who would like to get involved in a trial to grow cotton-grass from seed that was collected this summer.
2 September 2004

Clean team to tackle Kinder Scout
A dedicated band of litter-pickers is to carry out a mass clean-up of Kinder Scout.
2 September 2004

State of the Park captured in comprehensive report
An on-line report containing a wealth of information and statistics about the Peak District National Park, has been updated and can be viewed at www.peakdistrict.org
2 September 2004

Upper Derwent Valley is an open book for time-travellers
A chance to re-live Roman times or delve into the Ice Age is offered in a new book charting the history of one of the Peak District National Park's most picturesque valleys.
7 September 2004

Peak District hosts national launch for new access to open country
An open door to open country - that is the prospect when the Peak District National Park hosts the national launch of new rights to walk on wild land on Sunday 19 September.
8 September 2004

Hollywood takes pride in a Peak location
Tourists could be set to follow the stars to the Peak District after Pride and Prejudice hits movie screens worldwide next year.
17 September 2004

Peak youngsters help celebrate "Green Day"
Pupils from five Peak District schools celebrated European national parks' Green Day (15 September) with a field-trip to one of Derbyshire's top wildlife reserves.
21 September 2004

Sharpen your pencils for the Big Draw
Ever been inspired to paint a peak or draw a dale?
21 September 2004

National Park Authority to contest quarry appeal
The Peak District National Park Authority has pledged to continue to defend through the courts its position over Lees Cross and Endcliffe quarries.
22 September 2004

Globetrotter Gordon boosts rangers worldwide
A former Peak District National Park ranger is travelling the world to help hard-pressed rangers in some of the most perilous trouble-spots.
27 September 2004

East meets West as Peak Park plays host to Japanese minister
Ties between the two most-visited national parks in the world were explored when Japan's environment minister visited the Peak District.
28 September 2004

Kinder Scout clean-up act
A mass clean-up of Kinder Scout gathered more than 40 bin-bags of rubbish from its slopes.
29 September 2004

Laying the groundwork to help declining farmland birds
Farmers learned how to increase populations of declining farmland birds at a demonstration day on a Peakland farm.
1 October 2004

Peak businesses' success in environmental quality awards
Three thriving organisations have been recognised for reaching the pinnacle of environmental practice in the Peak District National Park.
5 October 2004

Children plant seeds of hope for hay meadows
Ashford Cub Scouts helped spread seeds of wild flowers in the grounds of Thornbridge Education Centre, Great Longstone, as part of the Peak District National Park Authority's Vision Project.
6 October 2004

Peak District environmental grant scheme safe for next three years
The Peak District National Park Authority has welcomed Government confirmation that a grant scheme - which has supported dozens of environmentally-friendly projects - is to be extended for a further three years.
6 October 2004

Saving the moors for the future - a public forum
Experts will present the fruits of vital research on pollution and erosion in one of the rarest habitats in the world - the Peak District moorland's blanket bog - at a public forum in Edale on Thursday October 14.
7 October 2004

Pensioners' reward for environmental health check
Cutting costs to their pockets and the planet earned elderly Youlgreave residents a prize hamper of top quality, locally-produced food.
11 October 2004

Halloween happening in Macclesfield Forest
Ghosts and ghoulies, witches and werewolves will be haunting Macclesfield Forest on Halloween Night.
12 October 2004

Centenary celebration for historic reservoir
Visitors can take a dip into history on October 23-24 when villagers celebrate 100 years since turning on the water-works for Sheffield.
13 October 2004

Make a Difference Day 30th October 2004
Fancy spending a Saturday scrub-bashing? You can release your frustrations - and help the environment - on Make a Difference Day, October 30.
18 October 2004

Peak District National Park Authority welcomes new members
A Kirklees and an Oldham councillor have been welcomed as new members of the Peak District National Park Authority.
18 October 2004

Make a Difference Day 30th October 2004
Fancy spending a Saturday scrub-bashing? You can release your frustrations - and help the environment - on Make a Difference Day, October 30.
18 October 2004

Conferance to look at ways to promote access to National Park
A Peak District conference this weekend (22 to 24 October) will focus on promoting access to the National Park to people from black and minority ethnic communities.
20 October 2004

Go-ahead for affordable homes in the Peak District
The Peak District National Park Authority's drive to encourage affordable homes has been given its latest boost with the go-ahead for a family homes scheme in Bradwell.
27 October 2004

Cultural Trails to boost Peak District business
Fancy following in film-stars' footsteps across the Peak District - or checking out the setting of a favourite book?
27 October 2004

Top comic encourages city folk to visit Peak District
Top film and TV funnyman Johnny Vegas is encouraging town and city residents to take advantage of the fresh air and stunning scenery of the Peak District.
4 November 2004

Action Day for Peak District wildlife
Community action for wildlife was given top priority when Peak District conservationists, local groups, landowners and businesses met in Bakewell.
11 November 2004

Moors Project more vital than ever
The Moors for the Future partnership has welcomed major new research on the Peak District moors to underpin its vital conservation work.
14 November 2004

Peak villagers scoop award for affordable homes
Villagers in Parwich, near Ashbourne, became award-winning pioneers when they launched their own scheme to build affordable housing.
22 November 2004

Top awards for Peak District tourism
Peak District National Park tourism businesses large and small struck gold in a top regional awards ceremony.
22 November 2004

National Park Authority takes action against quarry company
The Peak District National Park Authority is taking legal action to stop a quarry company extracting too much limestone.
26 November 2004

Brian's blessing for Peak District Visitor Guide
The hills are alive with the sound of actor Brian Blessed singing the praises of the Peak District in its newly-released 2005 Visitor Guide.
30 November 2004

Study centre stubs out smoking habit
Students, conference-goers, holidaymakers and even wedding guests will no longer be able to light up at Losehill Hall from January 2005.
1 December 2004

Biomass boiler fires up care for the environment
An environmental study centre has a healthy glow after installing a new £50,000 heating system using renewable energy from woodchips.
2 December 2004

Losehill Hall - a European centre of excellence
A Peak District National Park study centre is Britain's representative in a new European-wide network of top environmental training bodies.
2 December 2004

Peat and Heather get it together
Farmers and landowners are helping move hundreds of tonnes of heather from flourishing Peak District moors to bring new life to degraded peat moors in other parts of the National Park.
7 December 2004

Peak Park pioneers new community partnership
The Peak District National Park Authority is pioneering a new form of community engagement by linking up with other authorities to turn residents' action plans into reality.
8 December 2004

Restoring one of the Peak District's finest views
One of the classic views of the Peak District - of Monsal Dale and its famous viaduct - is to be restored to its former magnificence.
13 December 2004

Plain English guide to Peak District planning
A new simple guide should become essential reading for anyone thinking of making a planning application in the Peak District National Park.
17 December 2004

Peak District in spotlight for gay time down on the farm
Farm holidays in the Peak District could get a boost when a new reality TV series hits our screens featuring four gay media personalities mucking in on a Hartington farm.
20 December 2004

Children spread seeds for brighter future
A hay meadow will be blossoming with wild flowers in future years thanks to the efforts of Eyam schoolchildren.
21 December 2004

Quarries' future decided in Peak District National Park
Two Peak District quarries met differing fates when their expansion schemes came before the National Park's planning committee.
23 December 2004

Too good to miss - winter discounts in the Peaks
Now is the time to enjoy a fine glass of Leatherbritches or lay your head down in the Old Laundry while saving money on a visit to the Peak District.
29 December 2004

Sally to go walkabout with Aborigines
A Peak District National Park ranger will find out how Aborigines blend tourism with care for the environment on a visit to some of Australia's protected areas.
30 December 2004

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