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GRANTS BOOST FOR NATIONAL PARK COMMUNITY & ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS

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Monday 19 July 2004

19 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.

The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is administered by the National Park Authority and among new grants, approved over the past month, are £3,000 towards an electricity-generating water turbine for a village church in Ilam, near Ashbourne.

Also successful was a bid for £15,000 towards creating new Reach for the Peaks cycle-routes between Sheffield and the National Park - including a project to recycle old bikes and provide cycling training for young people.

In addition, a holiday cottage business at Abney, near the Hope Valley, was allocated £2,500 to help filter spring water for drinking and possible future commercial development.

Bamford Festival won nearly £2,000 to help promote its landscape and environment themes, and a research survey of Dark Peak upland oakwoods was given £4,400.

The SDF has allocated £300,000 to around 75 Peak District projects since it was launched in mid-2002. This money has enabled groups to apply for other grant-aid and voluntary labour, so that the total effect on the Peak District economy has reached over £1million.

The SDF is a Government scheme. Its aim is to support projects that have an ongoing positive impact on the environment, natural resources, people's understanding of the Peak District or its social or economic wellbeing.

Chair of the SDF panel and National Park Authority member Anne Ashe said: "We've been pleased to offer our support to the projects from the fund. They were varied and imaginative in the ways they seek to develop and test practical sustainable ways of living in and around the Peak District National Park."

Anyone interested in applying for funding can complete an on-line application form by visiting www.peakdistrict.org/sdf or alternatively contact SDF officer Richard Godley on 01629 816312 or e-mail richard.godley@peakdistrict.gov.uk

The Sustainable Development Fund is one of a number of schemes operating in the Peak District that is encouraging and enabling individuals, communities and businesses to work in ways that link good environmental management and economic development through the actions of local people to everyone's benefit. Other schemes include the New Environmental Economy project, the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark and the Skills for Sustainable Business project. You can contact the National Park Authority's head office on 01629 816200 for more details of these projects.

This is an archived press release

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