Sun shines on “green” grants in the Peak District

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Thursday 4 June 2009

31 July 2007

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.

All over the Peak District, projects that benefit the environment or local communities are blossoming thanks to the fund’s financial support and guidance.

Administered by the Peak District National Park Authority and allocated by an independent panel from all backgrounds around the National Park, the latest grants include:

  • £5,000 towards sun-pipes at the Hollowford Centre, an activity base near Castleton that last year helped 6,000 young people to discover outdoor pursuits. The reflective sun-pipes will provide daylight in an old building being converted for accommodation – part of a £444,000 refurbishment by the Lindley Educational Trust (
  • £6,000 towards the Staffordshire Moorlands Climate Change Project, adding to energy-saving measures in the pilot-village of Ilam (the first village in the country where everyone uses low-energy lightbulbs), plus a carbon off-setting scheme called and an awareness-raising drive.
  • £2,000 towards the Stanage Bio-Diesel Bus – the second year of an experimental bus-service to cut car-use between Sheffield and the hugely-popular scenic climbing spots around Stanage and Hathersage.
  • £4,000 towards the “Peaks for People” project in Oldham. Run by the Groundwork Trust, this publicises the Peak District to Oldham people from diverse backgrounds and encourages them to come out and enjoy it. Groundwork will also receive £1,000 to tackle invasive Himalayan balsam encroaching on Peak District moorland.
  • £1,000 towards Sustainable Youlgrave’s new website, allowing it to reach out and tell other communities about its energy proposals which include a methane-digester – which generates power from farm slurry and other agricultural waste – as well as solar, hydro, and mini wind-turbine schemes.

The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund supports projects that improve the quality of life and environment, either through community organisations or businesses.

SDF panel chair, Anne Ashe, said: “It’s heartening to see sustainable projects increasingly being developed by and for local communities in the Peak District. More and more people are thinking about how we can develop innovative technologies and conserve our environment for the future.”

The money comes from Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), and is administered by Richard Godley, Peak District Sustainable Development Fund officer, who also gives advice on renewable energy, community schemes and other grant-sources.

For more details, go to or phone 01629 816312.

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