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Sustainable grants help Peak District go green

This is an archived press release

Monday 23 February 2009

23 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.

  • Village action group Sustainable Youlgrave has been allocated £20,000 for a detailed feasibility study into setting up the region’s first community-run anaerobic digester. Such a plant would generate biogas or electricity from natural farm wastes such as slurry and vegetable matter. Its by-product would be eco-friendly fertiliser.
  • Lockerbrook Outdoor Activity Centre, near the Snake Pass at Bamford, is receiving just under £15,000 to involve hundreds of young people in its “green” transformation. The centre, in a 250-year-old former farmhouse run by the Woodcraft Folk since 1963, will reduce energy-use, water and waste by composting, recycling, biomass and rainwater collection. It will also set up a weather centre, involving young people in the project’s design, planning and construction.
  • Peak District story-teller and musician Matt Laurie has been allocated up to £2,000 for his “Tales to Sustain” project. Matt is setting up a programme using stories and puppets to inspire 1,000 children in 12 primary schools about living in harmony with nature and the seasons.
  • Community group Sustainable Bakewell will receive £1,900 to promote energy awareness in local businesses and schools, and to investigate the potential for micro hydro-power from the River Wye, biomass and recycling.

Peak District Sustainable Development Fund chair Anne Ashe said: “These projects are living proof that Peak District communities are serious about tackling climate change. We’re glad to be able to offer vital support, both in grants and advice, to help ensure a sustainable future for the national park.”

Sustainable Youlgrave chair John Youatt said: “It’s very encouraging that the Peak District National Park Authority is prepared to back community-led green ventures. We are grateful to the Sustainable Development Fund and we hope to inspire others to follow in our footsteps.”

The Peak District National Park Authority receives £200,000 a year from Defra to distribute through the Sustainable Development Fund. More details: www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/sdf  or 01629 816312.

This is an archived press release

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