This is an archived press release
Thursday 8 February 2007
8 February 2007
Influential Conservative MP to visit Peak District National Park
The Chair of the Conservative Party's 'Quality of Life' group visits the Peak District next week on a fact-finding tour.
During his visit on Monday (12 February), the Rt Hon John Gummer MP will see for himself how the Peak District National Park Authority is working with partners to regenerate threatened moorland, and help ensure a viable future for the rural economy.
Mr Gummer is chairman of the influential Quality of Life Policy Group.
The group will help inform future Conservative Party policy on key issues such as climate change, food & farming, waste and energy.
Highlights of the Peak District visit will include:
* The Moorland Centre at Edale - the centre is the base for Moors for the Future, a partnership that is helping to restore threatened peat and moorland. Peak District peat bog is more at risk than the South American rainforest and is a natural 'carbon sink', helping to combat global warming.The Moorland Centre has been constructed using the very latest energy-saving measures.
* 'First Stop Shop' advice service - the Land Management Advisory Service is a partnership between Natural England and the Peak District National Park Authority. Based at the Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell, the weekly drop in sessions offer farmers and land managers advice on grants and financial support.
* Rural economy - Mr Gummer will visit two highly successful Peak District business ventures - the Chatsworth Farm Shop and the livestock market at the Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre.
For more information on the Quality of Life Policy Group visit www.qualityoflifechallenge.com
For more information on the Rt Hon John Gummer MP visit www.johngummer.org.uk