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Historic Peak District lime kiln project wins backing

This is an archived press release

Thursday 23 February 2006

23 February 2006

Historic Peak District lime kiln project wins backing

A pioneering lime kiln project on the Haddon Estate – believed to be the only scheme of its kind in the country – has won crucial backing from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund.

The Fund has offered a 50 per cent grant to enable the launch of the £27,500 scheme, which will re-create historic methods of producing quicklime from local limestone.

Quicklime is a basic component of traditional, more environmentally-friendly lime building materials, which will be used to repair centuries-old mortar, render, plaster and limestone washes on the Haddon Estate, near Bakewell, and elsewhere. It is increasingly in demand for traditional buildings as it enables the fabric to “breathe,” reducing damp.

The project will also provide training facilities for the College of the Peak’s Heritage Building Skills course and be an education resource for schools.

Peak District Sustainable Development Fund officer Richard Godley said: “This is a groundbreaking project of national significance. It is supported by many organisations which want to use it as a model, and will be invaluable in reviving ‘lost’ skills.

“It also uses local resources, local skills, and recycled materials, and meets many environmental and social objectives of the Peak District National Park.”

The project, which was developed with the help of the National Park Authority’s historic buildings section, is expected to be completed this summer.

The Sustainable Development Fund is financed by Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to support sustainable development in national parks. The Peak District scheme allocates £200,000 a year to innovative social, educational, conservation, training and business projects – all benefiting the environment and quality of life.

Other recent grants (allocated by an independent panel of local people chaired by Authority member Anne Ashe), include:

  • £14,400 to the Friends of the Peak District to research the potential for small-scale hydro-power schemes in the National Park
  • £15,000 to the Sheffield-based Green Business Network to recycle farm plastics
  • £2,000 to the Nestwatch Group for a solar-powered CCTV system to monitor remote nest sites of birds of prey in the Upper Derwent Valley
  • £10,700 to the Access to History and Culture group to build links between the National Park and disabled and elderly minority groups in Birmingham.

For details of how to apply contact the Fund’s office on 01629 816312 or visit the website: www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/sdf

This is an archived press release

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