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Master Cutler sees slice of Peak District life

This is an archived press release

Thursday 12 June 2008

12 June 2008

Master Cutler sees slice of Peak District life

The Master and Mistress Cutler have visited the Peak District National Park to help develop even better links between the area and Sheffield.

The Master and Mistress Cutler, Gordon and Janet Bridge, were taken on the tour by Narendra Bajaria, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, and its chief executive Jim Dixon.

During their visit the couple were taken to visit the Upper Derwent Valley, where they spoke to the authority’s area ranger Paul Wetton and Hazel Earnshaw, from Severn Trent Water.

They then went on to the Moorland Discovery Centre on the Longshaw Estate to see the partnership working between the Peak District National Park Authority and the National Trust.

Learning officer Rachael Kerr and Mike Innerdale, National Trust property manager for the High Peak estate, spoke about the work that takes place at the centre to educate school children of all ages about the national park.

The visit concluded with a trip to the authority’s Eastern Moors estate to see work to protect wildlife habitats and the heather and grass moorland for current and future generations.

Narendra Bajaria said: “People living in Sheffield have an amazing national asset just a few minutes away from their homes.

“We want to encourage more people from the city to visit the national park and to help educate them about the area’s special qualities.

“We were delighted that the Master and Mistress Cutler came out to see just a few examples of the many important projects we are working on. This includes crucial work to tackle issues like climate change and flood prevention, as well as many initiatives to protect and enhance the countryside.

“I hope that the visit will enable the authority and our partners to develop even closer links with businesses and the wider community in Sheffield.”

During their visit the Master and Mistress Cutler also enjoyed a lunch of locally produced food from businesses that had been awarded the Peak District National Park Authority’s Environmental Quality Mark. More information about the award can be seen on the authority’s

website at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/eqm

The Master Cutler is an honorary position first created in 1624 to promote and support the manufacturing industries of Sheffield. The Master Cutler is elected to his post by other members of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, made up of representatives from the steel, cutlery, engineering, edge tool and other manufacturing industries. Each person holds the office for one year and adopts a charity to support during that time.

The Master Cutler said: “We were absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to visit the Chair and Chief Executive and to get a better understanding of all the work the Peak District National Park Authority carries out.

“It was particularly interesting to meet the rangers and workers at the Upper Derwent Valley and Moorland Discovery Centre to see the valuable work being undertaken and the link with education.”

This is an archived press release

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