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Heritage, health & hydro-power – Peak projects get grants lift-off

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 7 March 2007

7 March 2007

Heritage, health & hydro-power – Peak projects get grants lift-off

Heritage, health and hydro-power are among the winners in the latest round of grants from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund.

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

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

  • Bakewell Old House Museum - £15,000 towards a proposed £300,000 improvement programme to enable more visitors to use the museum, conserve its collection and instal an eco-friendly heating system
  • Water Power Enterprises - £15,000 towards a social enterprise hydro-electric power project at Torr Weir, New Mills
  • Penistone & District Community Partnership - £15,000 towards a cycle-hire & cycle-training scheme at Langsett Barn to boost opportunities for exploration and fitness
  • Bollington Drop-In Centre - £11,200 towards two Nostalgia Trails to add to existing six, each with their own theme, markers and artefacts bringing the history of the area to life, plus research into health benefits
  • Farm Life Centre, nr Taddington – £10,000 towards a Future Farms project officer to offer support, education and training for farming families wishing to diversify and sustain their farming business
  • Peak District Mines Historical Society - £3,750 towards information panels, easy-access paths and safety rails at the 19th-century High Rake Mine complex, near Great Hucklow
  • Bakewell Community Transport - £3,675 towards a study for using bio-diesel and setting up a bio-fuel depot
  • Bakewell Sensory Garden - £2,800 towards a riverside sensory garden near the town’s medieval bridge, using recycled materials and sustainable planting
  • Sheffield Conversation Club - £2,000 to add history-themed walks and voluntary conservation work to the club’s Peak District programme for asylum-seekers who want to converse in English.

The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund supports projects that improve people’s 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 and for local communities in the Peak District. More and more people are thinking about how we can celebrate our heritage and conserve our environment for the future.”

For more details, go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/sdf or phone 01629 816312.

This is an archived press release

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