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Tree planting project wins 60th anniversary public vote

This is an archived press release

Thursday 17 December 2009

17 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.

The announcement follows a public vote for one of seven projects to create a lasting reminder of the anniversary for future generations.

Leaving a legacy...Narendra Bajaria, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, and author Berlie Doherty plant a tree with pupils from Elton CE Primary School at Exlowmere Wood, Elton

The suggestion to plant 500 trees received 43.4 per cent of the 417 public votes. The full results can be seen at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/legacyproject

The trees will be planted in the Peak District National Park before summer 2010. The exact locations will depend on negotiations with landowners and ideas from parish councils and communities.

News of the winning project was announced at a reception to mark the end of a day of activities to celebrate the 60th anniversary.

The day began with 20 pupils from Elton CE Primary School planting 30 native trees and shrubs, including ash, oak, field maple, rowan, holly and hawthorn at Exlowmere Wood at Elton Moor, a reclaimed refuse site.

Peak District novelist Berlie Doherty and Narendra Bajaria, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, helped pupils with the tree planting.

Author Berlie Doherty told pupils: “Be inspired by the place you live in - I certainly am. I regularly use the Peak District in my novels. The villages and surrounding landscapes offer great setting for stories and poems.”

Pupil Niamh Atkin, eight, said: “I like planting trees - it’s lovely for wildlife. Squirrels and owls can find shelter in them.”

Later in the day members of Sustainable Bakewell and Bakewell Area Gardeners’ Action Group planted eight fruit trees at Bakewell Allotments, off Monyash Road, Bakewell, on land owned by Nottingham Community Housing Association.

The group planted four apple, two pear and plum and damson trees to create what will be called the Bakewell Community Anniversary Orchard.

Creating an anniversary orchard...Planting trees at Bakewell Allotments are (l-r) Dan Zamoyski, managing director of Sustainable Bakewell, Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, Julia Zamoyski, Katrina Bagshaw and Cllr Trevor Bagshaw, vice chair of the authority, with front (l-r) Ian Rose, Kyle Bagshaw and Pat Green.

A third tree planting ceremony took place at Aldern House, the Peak District National Park Authority’s headquarters in Baslow Road, Bakewell, where staff and members planted six trees.

The day ended with a reception for individuals and organisations that have played a big part in the history of the Peak District National Park.

Authority chair Narendra Bajaria said: “National parks inspire many people. They inspire the people who live here; the farmers who help protect the landscape, the staff and volunteers of the many environmental organisations that care for the countryside and the millions of visitors who come each year.

“We have come a long way in 60 years but the really big challenges will be in the next 40 years as we deal with issues like climate change. By harnessing the enthusiasm of everyone we can ensure the national park is an asset for both current and future generations.”

This is an archived press release

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