Celebrating the national park in Sheffield's backyard

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Monday 5 October 2009

05 October 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.

The National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act was passed in 1949 and two years later the Peak District became the first national park to be created.

To mark the anniversary an exhibition is to visit three Sheffield libraries explaining the work of the Peak District National Park Authority and providing information for residents about activities to do in the national park.

The exhibition is at:

  • Manor Library in Ridgeway Road from Monday 5 October to Friday 30 October
  • Crystal Peaks Library at 1-3 Peak Square in the Crystal Peaks shopping centre, from Monday 2 November to Monday 30 November and
  • Sheffield Central Library, Surrey Street, from Monday 14 December to Monday 28 December.

Councillor Trevor Bagshaw, vice chair of the Peak District National Park Authority and Sheffield City councillor, said: “The Peak District is often described as being in Sheffield’s backyard as a third of the city lies within the national park boundary.

“The 60th anniversary is an ideal opportunity for people who have not been for a while or perhaps have never visited before to get out and see the stunning landscapes that are literally on their doorsteps.

“There are frequent bus services from the city into the heart of the national park and plenty of activities to do when you get there.”

As well as leading to the creation of the UK’s 14 national parks the Act also led to:

  • 49 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs)
  • 294 national nature reserves
  • 2,900 miles of national trails.

Further information about the 60th anniversary can be found by visiting or

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