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Grants help Peak District go green

This is an archived press release

Monday 21 August 2006

21 August 2006

Grants help Peak District go green

Thousands of pounds-worth of grants will help the Peak District go even greener over the next few years.

The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund has announced its latest round of financial aid to help projects that benefit the environment, economy and social wellbeing of the area in a lasting, environment-friendly way.

Among the recent approvals are:

  • Bushy Heath Training Barn, near Peak Forest, which provides accommodation and outdoor pursuits training - £10,000 towards renewable energy schemes, including a ground-source heat pump and rainwater harvesting and treatment.
  • Alstonefield Green Giants, a gardening club initiated by village children - £2,000 towards developing community gardening schemes and undertanding how to grow their own food.
  • Stanage Forum Community Fund - £10,000 over two years to help operate a bio-diesel bus between Sheffield, Hathersage and Stanage Edge, reducing traffic and parking problems in the tourist season.
  • Kerridge Ridge and Ingersley Vale Countryside & Heritage Project, near Macclesfield - £12,900 over two years to help set up a training programme run by the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (part of a much larger, £800,000 Heritage Lottery Funded project: see www.kriv.org.uk)
  • Green Grindleford, set up by Grindleford Allotments Association - £11,400 over two years to create disability-accessible allotments, a wildflower meadow and community orchard on 1.5 unused acres.
  • Heritage Doors, in Killamarsh, NE Derbyshire - £5,000 to develop a small machine to make briquettes for wood-burning stoves and grates, out of its waste sawdust.

In addition, smaller grants (under £1,000) have been approved for a llama-trekking company to publicise its opportunities for schools and community groups; the Hope Valley Travel Group to enable schools exchanges with Sheffield and Stockport by public transport; trail-packs for pack-ponies, and a wildlife habitat at Bradwell School.

The Sustainable Development Fund, managed by the Peak District National Park Authority, is financed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Grants are allocated by an independent panel, whose chair, Anne Ashe, said: “These are all sustainable projects that will help improve the quality of life in the Peak District for a wide range of people, both in and around the National Park.”

For more information, call Richard Godley, sustainable development officer, 01629 816312, e-mail sdf@peakdistrict.gov.uk or visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/grants/sdf

This is an archived press release

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