£1m in grants help the Peak go green

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Tuesday 23 October 2007

23 October 2007

£1m in grants help the Peak go green

The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund has given nearly £1m in grants over the past five years to help “green” and educational projects in and around the National Park.

One of the latest grants will bring a big relief to farmers across the Peak District who have to dispose of huge quantities of contaminated plastic wrapping. At present, most farm plastics are sent to China for re-cycling – an unwanted addition to the UK’s carbon footprint.

But a £10,000 Sustainable Development Fund grant to a Yorkshire company, the not-for-profit Green Business Network, will help them develop lower-cost recycling much closer to home. Once cleaned, the plastic will be re-processed into street and garden-furniture, decking, fence-posts, paving-blocks and pallets.

Other grants, of around £1,000 each, in the latest round of allocations have also gone to:

  • Bakewell Garden Allotments – to aid a feasibility study on sites for extra allotments due to high demand and inadequate current facilities
  • East Cheshire Learning Community Project (£1,300) – a collaborative project involving four primary schools (Pott Shrigley, Wincle, Bosley and Kettleshulme) in creative study of local wildlife, working with rangers and artists
  • Sheffield Black and Ethnic Minority Environmental Network (SHEBEEN) – to help diverse ethnic communities take an active interest in the National Park, by walking, canoeing, rock-climbing and sight-seeing – accessed by public transport
  • Living Art – a not-for-profit company based in Hathersage – for a Living Landscape Exhibition, encouraging people to safeguard the National Park through inspirational photography.

Smaller grants went to Hollinsclough Primary School (between Buxton and Longnor) for bird-box monitoring equipment, allowing the children to follow fledglings’ progress, and to Sheldon History Group (near Bakewell), for display boards and cabinets to showcase the village’s heritage.

The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund is administered through the National Park Authority and financed through Defra, which has given an annual £200,000 to each English national park since 2002. The grants are allocated by an independent panel of local people, and recipients are helped to apply to other bodies for support, pulling in more than £1.43m in additional grants to the Peak District in 2006/07 alone.

Peak District SDF officer Richard Godley said: “The Fund has made a significant difference to the sustainable management of the countryside, and to greater understanding of sustainability, through working with local individuals, businesses, community groups and young people.

“Projects helped range from school gardening projects and furniture recycling to rainwater harvesting systems, hydro power surveys and renewable energy projects including ground source heat pumps and small scale wind turbines.”

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