Growing green – grants boost eco-projects

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Monday 21 May 2007

21 May 2007

Growing green – grants boost eco-projects

School-children digging for victory, a Town Hall heated by thermal water, and wood-fuel training courses – all among the latest eco-friendly projects to receive support from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund.

All over the Peak District, projects that benefit the environment or local communities are blossoming thanks to the fund’s financial backing and guidance.

Based at the Peak District National Park Authority and allocated by an independent panel, the Sustainable Development Fund’s latest beneficiaries include:

  • Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s “Go for Grow” project - £10,500 to help set up school allotments where children will grow organic food, and then sell or barter it through school farmers’ markets
  • Bakewell Town and Community Trust - £3,750 for a feasibility study into using thermal water to heat Bakewell Town Hall – part of a project develop an environmentally sustainable town hall
  • High Peak and Dales Pro-Help - £4,907 to help provide professional advice to community groups on environmentally-friendly building design
  • Rural Development Initiatives - £2,845 to help launch an “Ignite Wood Fuel” training course, covering economics and technology, at the National Park Authority-run Losehill Hall - already fitted with a wood-fuel boiler
  • DM Adventure Activities - £2,606 to promote sustainable use of the Peak District for outdoor activity groups
  • Village AiD - £10,900 to help run a drama summer school for 11-14 year-olds to compare life in Derbyshire with rural Africa and encourage responsibility to the wider world
  • Hope Valley College - £1,000 towards its “Livewire” project to save energy and enable students to monitor energy-use throughout the school
  • Grindon Action Group - £750 to create a booklet commemorating the 60th anniversary of a Halifax aircraft crash on Grindon Moor, promoting heritage, understanding and sustainable transport to the crash-site.

The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund supports projects that improve the quality of life and 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 and for local communities in the Peak District. More and more people are thinking about how we can develop innovative technologies and conserve our environment for the future.”

For more details, go to or phone 01629 816312.

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