£5,000 to spend. You decide.

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Friday 27 November 2009

27 November 2009

£5,000 to spend. You decide.

More than 350 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.

The Peak District National Park Authority is asking people to help choose a £5,000 legacy to mark the 60th anniversary of the day the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 became law, creating UK national parks, National Nature Reserves, National Trails and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Peak District residents and visitors are being asked to vote for one of seven projects to create a lasting reminder of the significance of national parks for people, wildlife and the nation’s heritage. The deadline for votes is Friday 11 December.

The choices for the £5,000 legacy are:

Project A - inspirational video for schools and visitor centres

The video would highlight the special benefits national parks bring to people such as carbon storage in peat soils, fresh water, great landscapes, breathing spaces, recreation and wildlife.

Copies would be distributed to schools, shown in national park visitor centres and be available to a global audience through the national park’s website and YouTube.

Project B - improve walkers' shelter and information point at Grindsbrook

Grindsbrook is one of the first points of interest on the Pennine Way, a short distance from Edale.

This project would add a window and door to the existing shelter (to stop sheep getting in) and benches outside, plus information about the landscape, heritage and wildlife.

Project C - repair and restore Stanage summit markers

The summit marker at Stanage Pole is a cultural heritage feature marking the boundary between Derbyshire and Yorkshire and formerly marked the boundary between Mercia and Northumbria.

This project would repair and restore the historic summit markers of Stanage Pole and the trig points on Stanage Edge.

Project D - plant 500 field and hedgerow trees

This project would plant and guard around 500 trees to help maintain the tree stock and provide a legacy for hundreds of years.

Trees and hedgerows improve the landscape and biodiversity of the national park and help negate the effects of climate change. They can also screen eyesores and mark entrances and exits to footpaths and fields.

Project E - Update Peak District edition of New Naturalist book

Collins New Naturalist series is the longest-running and arguably the most influential natural history series in the world with more than 100 volumes published in 60 years.

This project would give the opportunity to update the Peak District volume, which was published in 1962.

Project F - Replace wooden sculptures at Tideswell Dale

The land at Tideswell Dale includes a wooden sculpture trail which adds to visitors' enjoyment and understanding of the dale and its wildlife. This project would replace current weather-damaged sculptures and improve the look of the area.

Project G - Makeover for Monsal Head viewpoint

The Monsal Head viewpoint is one of the most visited in the national park, but its seating is old and shabby, and the main information panel is scratched.

This project would restore or replace the benches and plaque.

People can vote on  or send their vote to Communications Team, Peak District National Park Authority, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE.

The votes will be counted after the 11 December deadline and the winning project will be announced on the actual day of the 60th anniversary - Wednesday 16 December.

This is an archived press release

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