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Cash boosts for adventure, education & energy in the Peak District

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Tuesday 16 August 2005

16 August 2005

Cash boosts for adventure, education & energy in the Peak District

Thousands of pounds in grants are being pumped into revitalising the Peak District through innovative social, educational and technology schemes.

Adventure weekends for isolated youngsters, education packs to help schoolchildren in tourist hotspots, and a ground-heat renewable energy system are among the latest projects to benefit from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).

* Sheffield-based non-profit company Peak Park Adventure Challenges will receive a £12,800 SDF grant, providing walks, climbing, caving and mountain experiences for otherwise hard-to-reach young people from both city and countryside.

* The Hope-Castleton-Edale Interpretation group will receive a £11,000 SDF grant to help create a teachers' education pack, CD and website, making life easier for businesses and residents who are sometimes overwhelmed by school parties. This came out of the Peak District Village Plans project, in which villagers are invited to draw up priority lists of community aspirations, then helped to achieve them through grant schemes such as SDF.

* The Moors for the Future Partnership will receive a £10,500 grant towards a ground-source heat pump for its new Moorlands Centre to be built at Edale. The heat pump is based on underground fluid-filled coils warmed by energy from the sun.

The whole aim of the SDF - funded by Defra and managed by National Park Authorities since 2002 - is to help sustain National Park communities and environments for the future. Applications for SDF grants are assessed by an independent panel, and must support sustainable development through tackling social problems, improving education, conservation work or beneficial technologies.

More than 100 Peak District projects have been funded so far, including a rainwater harvesting system at the Bakewell Quakers Meeting Room, a heating system using waste cooking oil at Castleton Youth Hostel, a biofuel study by T4 Sustainability Ltd, and a Glossopdale furniture recycling scheme which trains youngsters in woodworking skills.

SDF panel chair Anne Ashe said: "There are some really exciting ideas coming through, many involving young people - more than 16,000 since 2002 - which is a great investment in the National Park's future. We can readily see the way the fund enables people to benefit not only the environment but the local economy and community."

For more information, contact SDF officer Richard Godley, at the Peak District National Park Authority, on 01629 816312, or richard.godley@peakdistrict.gov.uk

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