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2009 press releases

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2009 press releases

Bringing archaeology to life
Derbyshire’s own version of the Bonekickers and Time Team will take to the stage to talk about their work and latest finds.
9 January 2009

Parwich residents given chance to meet Peak District leaders
Residents in Parwich and the surrounding area are being invited to meet with leaders from the Peak District National Park Authority to talk about issues in their villages.
9 January 2009

Off-road riders and drivers put on right track
Police and national park rangers mounted a joint operation to encourage 4x4 drivers and trail bikers to act responsibly in the Peak District National Park.
13 January 2009

Long-running quarry dispute ends
The Peak District National Park Authority has received confirmation that planning permission for quarries near historic remains on Stanton Moor has been formally withdrawn.
16 January 2009

Villagers’ views sought on major redevelopment
The Peak District National Park Authority wants to hear people’s views on one of the biggest village redevelopment proposals for generations.
16 January 2009

Give us your views on future Peak District planning issues
Residents, visitors and businesses are being asked to comment on options that will be used to decide whether future planning applications in the Peak District are acceptable or not.
26 January 2009

Leaders meet Eyam residents to hear their views
Residents in Eyam are being invited to meet with leaders from the Peak District National Park Authority to talk about issues in their village.
30 January 2009

Tearsall Quarry work given provisional go-ahead
A mining company’s application to work a Peak District open cast quarry for six years has been approved.
30 January 2009

Budget puts climate change at top of the agenda
Measures to tackle the impact of climate change and work to help residents make planning applications are at the centre of a budget set by the Peak District National Park Authority.
9 February 2009

Learn survival skills at free Youth Rangers activity day

11 February 2009

Faster extraction approved at Peak District quarry
The Peak District National Park Authority has approved an application for faster extraction at New Pilhough Quarry near Stanton in Peak.
16 February 2009

Schools action pack explores nostalgia trails
Urban and rural teachers can guide their pupils on a countryside journey through history thanks to new education packs produced by a community co-operative.
17 February 2009

Schools help climate change research in National Science Week and Festival of Social Science
Hundreds of secondary school pupils from across the Pennines will take to the hills during National Science and Engineering Week (March 6-15) in an innovative climate change research programme.
20 February 2009

Sustainable grants help Peak District go green
Power from farm slurry, a “go green” outdoor-activity centre, and telling tales of the natural world to 1,000 children - they are all projects boosted by the latest grants from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund.
23 February 2009

Science meets the eye - vote for artworks at Edale

26 February 2009

Chance for Bakewell residents to have their say
Residents in Bakewell are being invited to meet with leaders from the Peak District National Park Authority to talk about issues in the town.
3 March 2009

Tributes paid to environmental champion
Tributes were paid today (Thursday 5 March) to the former chair of the Peak District National Park Authority.
5 March 2009

Master plan to look at future for Hartington Creamery site
A master plan is being drawn up to secure a new future for a Hartington cheese making factory site that is due to shut later this month.
17 March 2009

Court of Appeal upholds Authority action on Backdale quarry
The Court of Appeal has upheld the Peak District National Park Authority’s enforcement action to control limestone quarrying at Backdale on Longstone Edge.
18 March 2009

Authority welcomes withdrawal of proposed A628 bypass
Peak District National Park Authority leaders have welcomed the Highways Agency’s withdrawal from a public inquiry into a proposed Mottram-Tintwistle bypass on the A628.
25 March 2009

Local business heroes rewarded for environmental care
Nineteen local businesses have won Peak District Environmental Quality Mark awards for achieving the highest standards of environmental care.
25 March 2009

Recycled surface for popular leisure trail
One of the most popular stretches of the Monsal Trail – used by thousands of walkers, cyclists and riders all year round – has a new smooth surface made entirely of recycled materials.
26 March 2009

Cracking Easter holiday events at Peak District Visitor Centres
Spring Fun Days at Peak District National Park visitor centres will show how nature stages its own Easter egg-stravaganza in the wild.
30 March 2009

Peak District mountain forecasts from the Met Office
New mountain weather forecasts will provide Peak District hill walkers with information to help keep them safer, whilst making the most of some of the most spectacular countryside in the UK.
30 March 2009

Former YHA chief executive joins Peak District National Park Authority
The Peak District National Park Authority has welcomed Dr Roger Clarke, former chief executive of the Youth Hostels Association, as a new member.
1 April 2009

Protect wildlife - keep dogs under control in countryside
Peak District dog-walkers are asked to keep their pets on short leads to protect wildlife, lambs and calves while out in the countryside during the breeding season.
2 April 2009

Youngsters swop urban streets for high peaks
Young people from Oldham and Rochdale have spent a year getting to know the countryside as well as their own communities through environmental projects in the Peak District National Park.
16 April 2009

Give your views on future Peak District landscapes
How should we ensure that the Peak District National Park’s treasured landscapes are maintained and enhanced for future generations to enjoy? Residents, parish councils, businesses, visitors and environmental groups are being invited to give their views by commenting on the National Park Authority’s draft Landscape Strategy and Action Plan.
21 April 2009

£1 million package to support Peak District businesses and communities
A £1.253 million scheme will be launched today (Wednesday 22 April) by the East Midlands Development Agency (emda), the Peak District National Park Authority and the Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership (DDEP) to support rural businesses and communities.
23 April 2009

Grab your boots and bikes for the Sunday bus to Stanage
City-based walkers, climbers and cyclists can forget the car and take a bus to the glorious Peak District around Stanage Edge every Sunday and Bank Holiday until mid-October - for only £2 return.
27 April 2009

Ten-year quarry protest camp finally cleared
One of the longest-running protest camps in the country has been peacefully cleared after nearly 10 years.
27 April 2009

Views sought on new partnership plan for Peak District estate
The Peak District National Park Authority is seeking people’s views on whether to lease the management of its largest land-holding to a partnership.
5 May 2009

Could you help decide “green” grants for the Peak District?
The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund needs two new members of its panel to help allocate grants to communities and businesses.
5 May 2009

National parks - as relevant today as 60 years ago
A series of family events are being held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the legislation that created national parks.
18 May 2009

Scale the Peaks in a wheelchair
Scaling the Peak District in a wheelchair - surely there are too many hills and stiles? Do not believe it - stunning views and country trails are perfectly accessible to disabled people.
20 May 2009

Rangers at the ready for Emergency Services Display & Fun Day
Peak District National Park rangers will be joining forces with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service to demonstrate the work of the moorland Fire Operations Group on Sunday June 14 at the 12th annual Emergency Services Display and Fun Day in Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens.
28 May 2009

Driving forward together
Clearer information is to be provided to users of a narrow Peak District byway to improve the route for all users.
29 May 2009

Sun shines on “green” grants in the Peak District
Sun pipes, solar heating and ground source heat pumps were high on people’s wish-lists when they applied to the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund for grants.
4 June 2009

RSPB and National Trust to lease Eastern Moors estate
The RSPB and National Trust are to be given a 15-year lease by the Peak District National Park Authority to manage the Eastern Moors estate, near Sheffield.
5 June 2009

Try mountain-biking in the Peaks in National Bike Week
Novice mountain-bikers are invited to learn new skills in the hills of the Peak District National Park during National Bike Week this month.
8 June 2009

National park images sought for £10,000 photographic competition
Keen photographers are being given the chance to win a top prize of £10,000 for a picture showing the Peak District National Park’s landscape.
12 June 2009

CBE awarded to Peak District National Park Authority chair
Narendra Bajaria, the chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, was today (Saturday 13 June) awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
13 June 2009

Volunteers’ team effort to re-build historic sheepfold
Teams of volunteers have helped rebuild a 150-year-old sheepfold on moorland in the Peak District National Park.
22 June 2009

New village officer will boost rural communities
Extra support is being given to rural areas of Sheffield to help residents ensure their villages remain vibrant communities.
22 June 2009

Volunteers wanted for kiln building work
Volunteers are being sought to build an environmentally friendly kiln that will be used to help maintain and repair historic Haddon Hall.
22 June 2009

House of Lords says ‘no’ to appeal on Backdale quarry
The Peak District National Park Authority is delighted that the House of Lords has refused to hear an appeal against its enforcement action at Backdale quarry on Longstone Edge.
25 June 2009

National Park Authority chair unanimously re-elected
The Peak District National Park Authority has unanimously re-elected Narendra Bajaria CBE as chair at its annual meeting (June 26 2009).
26 June 2009

Residents asked for their thoughts on the national park
Thousands of Peak District National Park residents are being given the chance to have their say about the way the area is managed and the services provided for local people.
1 July 2009

Green Grindleford will bloom on open day
Grindleford Allotment Association is holding an open day on Sunday July 12, 2pm-5.30pm, to show other villages how they too could sow the seeds of a successful community project in the Peak District National Park.
2 July 2009

Peak into the past - Festival of British Archaeology walk
Families and history-lovers can discover just what the Normans did for us on a walk to the remains of Pilsbury Castle in the heart of the Peak District National Park (Tue July 28).
8 July 2009

Diamonds are forever - National Parks Week celebrates 60th anniversary
This year’s National Parks Week (July 27-Aug 2) is extra-sparkling as Britain’s national parks celebrate their diamond anniversary.
13 July 2009

Bring your family to the national park picnic
Residents across the Peak District National Park are being invited to a family picnic and fun day to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the legislation that created national parks.
15 July 2009

City pupils achieve awards in great outdoors
Pupils from a Sheffield school blossomed in the great outdoors to achieve prestigious awards from the John Muir Trust.
16 July 2009

Disappointment at Carsington wind farm appeal decision
A High Court Judge has today determined that proposals for the erection of four 102m wind turbines on land at Carsington Pastures can proceed.
17 July 2009

60th anniversary visit to Peak District National Park for Hilary Benn
Environment secretary Hilary Benn is visiting the Peak District National Park today (Friday 24 July).
24 July 2009

Fun for the family in National Parks Week
Hundreds of people have taken part in free events to celebrate National Parks Week - and it’s not too late to join them.
29 July 2009

Active in the Outdoors - your say on Peak District recreation
The Peak District National Park attracts millions of outdoor recreation users each year.
3 August 2009

Celebrating in style
More than 370 people took part in Peak District events during National Parks’ Week.
5 August 2009

Margaret celebrates 40 years as a voluntary ranger
It was 1969 - flower-power was at its height, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, and Margaret Anderson started as a volunteer warden in the Peak District National Park.
6 August 2009

Iron Age skeleton among finds at Peak District hillfort
A prehistoric skeleton was one of the finds during a three-week archaeological excavation at the site of an ancient hillfort near Monsal Dale.
12 August 2009

National park authority urges refusal for major wind farm
Better renewable energy solutions should be pursued for sensitive landscapes than wind farms, said the Peak District National Park Authority as it urged refusal of a major wind farm within 1.5 miles of its boundary.
14 August 2009

Discovering hidden secrets of Chatsworth’s landscape
A new book examines the vast estate surrounding Chatsworth, the Peak District’s premier stately home, to discover previously untold stories of generations past.
21 August 2009

Sustainable Development Fund helps Peak District grow green
The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund is sowing the seeds of a green future with grants to help community orchards, a chain of wood-fuel growers and wildflower meadows around schools.
26 August 2009

Conservation area update for Upper Midhope
The people of Upper Midhope, near Stocksbridge, have the chance to comment on a draft Conservation Area Appraisal for their village.
1 September 2009

More ways to interact with Peak District National Park Authority
Residents and visitors now have more ways of getting in touch with the Peak District National Park Authority.
3 September 2009

Outdoor recreation comments sought
Time is running out for people to make comments on the future of recreation facilities and services in the Peak District over the next decade.
4 September 2009

A celebration of local food
More businesses are being sought to join an organisation that promotes food produced or sourced from the Peak District.
8 September 2009

Evening planning surgeries for national park residents
Peak District National Park planners are holding two evening “surgeries” for those who need general planning advice out of normal office-hours.
8 September 2009

Duke’s praise for new book revealing hidden past of Chatsworth estate
The Duke of Devonshire said a new book tracing the rich archaeological heritage of Chatsworth’s vast estate will add immensely to visitors’ understanding.
9 September 2009

Residents’ chance to comment on Castleton Conservation Area update
The people of Castleton have the chance to comment on a proposed update for the village’s conservation area.
14 September 2009

New member sought for Peak District National Park Authority
Applications are being sought for a new member to sit on the governing body of the Peak District National Park Authority.
14 September 2009

EU’s £5.5million boost for Peak moorland restoration
Green, healthy landscapes will replace black, eroding wilderness as a £5.5million EU funding boost will help restore more than 2,000 acres of Peak District and South Pennine moorland by 2015.
17 September 2009

Peak District ranger receives highest European accolade
Retired Peak District National Park ranger Gordon Miller has received the highest accolade awarded by the European Federation of National Parks for his outstanding role in strengthening ranger services worldwide.
17 September 2009

Decision re-affirmed on Tearsall Quarry site
A mining company’s application to work a Peak District open cast quarry for six years has been approved for a second time after being reconsidered in light of a legal decision.
18 September 2009

Villagers successful in bid to save Calver Weir
The Peak District National Park Authority congratulated the Calver Weir Restoration Project (CWRP) on receiving the final go-ahead for a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £1.244m towards the restoration of Calver Weir.
30 September 2009

Celebrating the national park in Sheffield's backyard
An exhibition is to tour Sheffield libraries to mark the 60th anniversary of the legislation that created national parks.
5 October 2009

Pedal power to help residents and visitors lead more active lifestyles
A £1.25 million project is to turn the Peak District National Park into a haven for leisure and commuting cyclists.
8 October 2009

Hear here! Take a sound trip through history
Castleton visitors can now explore the village’s heritage using sound and touch.
9 October 2009

Green businesses scoop gold in regional tourism awards
Peak District National Park eco-friendly businesses have scooped gold, silver and bronze in the East Midlands Tourism Enjoy England Excellence awards.
13 October 2009

Have your say on national park planning issues
A public consultation is to be held about suggested changes to planning policies in the Peak District National Park.
23 October 2009

Water power workshop for Peak District communities
Water power could be a renewable energy-source of the future for Peak District communities - and a free workshop is being held to show them how.
26 October 2009

Tree for all - young people’s conservation day
Young people aged 8-16 can take part in a “tree for all” in the Peak District National Park on Saturday November 14.
6 November 2009

Linking rail to trail - new £1m boost for Peak cycling project
Four old railway tunnels could be re-opened as part of a £3.785m new cycle trail across the Peak District National Park between Matlock and Buxton rail stations.
9 November 2009

Vote for 60th anniversary £5,000 legacy project
The Peak District National Park Authority is asking people to help choose a £5,000 legacy to mark the 60th anniversary of UK national parks legislation.
12 November 2009

Go-ahead for 14 new affordable homes in Peak District National Park
The Peak District National Park Authority has approved plans for 14 new affordable homes - eight in Bamford and six in Warslow.
16 November 2009

Rescue mission for globally-threatened crayfish
Conservationists have created a new home for more than 100 globally-threatened white-clawed crayfish in ponds in disused limestone quarries.
19 November 2009

National Park Authority champions environmentally friendly ways of working
The Peak District National Park Authority has reduced its carbon footprint by nine per cent in the past year.
26 November 2009

Delve into the past on Derbyshire Archaeology Day
A prehistoric skeleton, Old King Coal and the hidden past of the Chatsworth estate - all will feature in the annual Derbyshire Archaeology Day on Saturday January 16.
26 November 2009

£5,000 to spend. You decide.
More than 450 people have taken part in a vote to decide on how a £5,000 grant should be spent in the Peak District National Park - but there is still time to make your choice.
27 November 2009

Have your say on update for Langsett Conservation Area
The people of Langsett have until December 23 to give their views on a proposed update of the village’s conservation area.
3 December 2009

Time to celebrate with cheaper bus travel to the national park
Two for the price of one bus tickets are being offered from Sheffield to the Peak District to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the legislation that created UK national parks.
7 December 2009

Day of celebrations for 60th anniversary of National Parks legislation
Award-winning novelist Berlie Doherty will be joined by Peak District school children to plant trees as part of a day of activities to celebrate national parks.
7 December 2009

A win-win approach to climate change? Peak moorland restoration
Can our moorland environment in the Peak District help fight the effects of climate change?...the people at Moors for the Future in the Peak District National Park think it can.
14 December 2009

Tree planting project wins 60th anniversary public vote
Up to 500 trees are to be planted in the Peak District to mark the 60th anniversary of the legislation that created national parks.
17 December 2009

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