Going green – from books to bio-fuels

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Tuesday 10 October 2006

10 October 2006

Going green – from books to bio-fuels

Green projects, from a book festival to a community renewable energy scheme, have been boosted by grants from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund.

All over the Peak District, interest in environmentally-friendly projects is growing, and among the latest to receive the fund’s support are:

  • Sustainable Youlgrave - £5,000 towards a feasibility study looking into setting up a community company to generate renewable energy from water, wind, bio-fuels, sun or ground-source heat pumps, to be owned by residents in Youlgrave, Alport, Middleton and Harthill
  • Peak Autumn Book Festival (Oct 27-Nov 6) – £950 towards a Sustainable Living and Country Matters Day (Nov 5). Based at the Country Bookshop (old Hassop station), speakers include Johnny Kingdom (presenter of BBC2’s A Year on Exmoor), and Tom Petherick, who helped restore the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
  • Over Haddon Village Hall - £1,000 towards a feasibility study into rainwater harvesting, a ground-source heat pump and other energy-saving measures.
  • National Farmers Network - £950 towards developing a website offering advice and improved communications between farmers
  • Dove Valley Centre, Sheen - £800 towards developing new low-impact approaches to building technology, including the use of sustainable-sourced timber.
  • Heritage Skills Fair - £1,000 towards the College of the Peak’s two-day fair to showcase sustainable and traditional building crafts, such as dry-stone walling, stone carving, lime mortars, stone slate roofing, timber frame construction and hedgelaying.

The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund supports projects that improve the quality of life and care for the environment, either through community groups or innovative business schemes. It also favours education projects, “green” travel and improved links between rural and urban communities.

The money comes from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and is managed by the Peak District National Park Authority. Sustainable Development Fund officer Richard Godley administers the scheme and gives advice, and an independent panel allocates the larger grants.

Its chair, Anne Ashe, said: “It’s heartening to see sustainable projects increasingly being developed by local communities in the Peak District. More and more people are thinking about how we can conserve our environment for the future.”

For more details, go to or phone 01629 816312.

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