This is an archived press release
Wednesday 7 September 2005
7 September 2005
Farewell to Fieldhead
The Fieldhead visitor and information centre at Edale has closed to make way for a £916,000 new visitor and moorland study facility to be known as the Moorland Centre.
Fieldhead was the first visitor centre of its kind to be established in the UK at the 'gateway' to the country's first national trail, the Pennine Way. Now Heritage Lottery funding will enable the outdated displays and 1960s building to be rebuilt to a high standard.
Most of the existing displays are going to a good home such as the Edale Society or other local use. Some of the artefacts, such as the commemorative plaque for the famous mass trespass, will be incorporated into the new scheme.
The work should be finished by Spring 2006.
Following the closure of the Fieldhead centre and prior to the opening of the new facility, arrangements are in place to ensure people are kept up-to-date with information about events, activities, attractions and accommodation: an information board will be erected close to the site and general enquiries will be handled by the nearby Castleton Visitor Centre (phone 01433 620679).
The new Centre will be an important development in the work of the Moors for the Future Partnership, currently one of Britain's largest conservation projects.
Lynn Crowe, Chair of Moors for the Future Partnership, said: "The construction of the moorland centre is an important milestone for the project and local people - and we're very grateful to the residents who've contributed many hours of their time to discuss the issues involved.
"It will benefit both visitors and local people. High quality displays will tell the story of the moorlands and improve peoples' experience, knowledge and enjoyment of the landscape - which is a great national treasure and one of the world's rarest habitats! Many of the current visitors to Edale simply aren't attracted into the present building so they're missing out - the new centre will change that."
In addition to the new visitor & information centre, an adjacent derelict house will be turned into office space for the Moors for the Future staff who will set up and manage a research centre providing a national archive of moorland information.
If anyone would like any more information on the scheme please contact Carol Parsons, Information Officer, on 01433 621656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Issued on behalf of the Moors for the Future Project