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A refreshing change - Peak food kiosks go green

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Wednesday 23 March 2005

23 March 2005

A refreshing change - Peak food kiosks go green

Peak District visitors will find that fast food need not be junk food at two deliciously different new refreshment kiosks in the National Park.

Locally supplied and environmentally friendly produce (much of it organic or Fairtrade) is the order of the day near ranger centres at the old station in Millers Dale and Trentabank in the Macclesfield Forest.

Local businesses Peak Puddings (at Millers Dale) and J's Mobile Catering (at Trentabank) have been helped to set up by the Peak District National Park's New Environmental Economy (NEE) programme, which gave 45 per cent cash grants towards purchasing and equipping their new 'green' mobile catering trailers.

Catriona McLees, NEE programme manager, said: "The National Park Authority is keen to encourage greater use of local produce at its refreshment sites, which in turn support the local economy and environment. These two not only do this, but also offer really delicious food too."

John Sellors, of Buxton-based J's Mobile Catering, is operating at Trentabank under the name "Nice Nosh." His slogan is "Peak flavours are planet savers," his local recipes carry the Peak Cuisine seal of approval, and plates and utensils are biodegradable or recyclable. He said: "I'd like to thank all the people at the Peak District National Park Authority, other organisations and local suppliers who've helped me get this off the ground. People who purchase my food can be sure they're directly supporting the local economy."

Peak Puddings, which began by producing homemade, luxury puddings at its Hollinsclough base, holds the National Park's Environmental Quality Mark (for producers that contribute to conservation), and operator Karen Beresford sources her food supplies from other EQM holders. She said: "Quality is the key to our business - customers can be sure all our produce is top-grade and environmentally friendly."

Both sites will be warmly welcomed by walkers, riders and cyclists who have had to travel further afield for their refreshments until now.

The New Environmental Economy programme offers grants of 30 to 80 per cent of total costs (maximum £20,000) to new and existing businesses that make the most of the renowned landscape and special environment of the Peak District.

Co-ordinated by the Peak District National Park Authority, it has eight local partners including the Derbyshire Economic Partnership and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund. £325,000 has been given so far, and a further £335,000 is available up to 2008.

For further information, contact Catriona McLees on 01629 816257, e-mail catriona.mclees@peakdistrict.gov.uk or visit the website www.peakdistrict.org/nee

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