Grants boost green projects in the Peak District

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Wednesday 19 May 2010

19 May 2010

Grants boost green projects in the Peak District

Education, energy and inspirational music are all among the latest projects to benefit from thousands of pounds in grants from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund.

The fund, managed by the Peak District National Park Authority, supports local projects from community groups or businesses that enhance the environmental, social and educational wellbeing of the national park and its residents.

The latest round of grants includes:

  • £16,500 to Groundwork Cheshire towards its Hearts, Hands and Minds scheme to put special needs pupils in touch with nature in the Peak District. Working with 14 special schools and up to 250 students, they will help to conserve wild areas, gain eco-school status and stage community events.
  • £15,500 to the Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow, to help reduce its energy use by some 60 per cent and waste by 30 per cent. The Unitarian non-profit holiday and conference centre, which also acts as a village hall, intends to involve the whole community - particularly young people - in growing food and recycling projects.
  • £12,700 to the Glassball Audio Artworks project in Ashford-in-the-Water. Glassball is a non-profit community, environment and arts group staging a pilot project to create five new pieces of acoustic music inspired by the landscape and culture of the Peak District National Park. It aims to work with local musicians and young people to create a CD and present live performances.
  • £1,500 to Staffordshire Peak District Tourism Association to provide information about local eco-friendly accommodation, walking routes, attractions, a baggage transfer service and public transport. ‘Green’ schemes such as renewable technology and energy-saving measures will be highlighted.
  • £750 towards a feasibility study into hydro-power at Bamford Mill - now converted into apartments. The study will build on the analysis provided in the recent Peak Power report produced by Friends of the Peak District, which identified 80 potential micro-hydropower sites and was also supported by the Sustainable Development Fund.

John Herbert, chair of the Sustainable Development Fund panel, said: “What really impresses me about this latest list is how widespread it is across the whole National Park, and what a broad range of activities it represents, some big, some small but all local communities trying to do their bit towards saving the planet for our children.”

The Sustainable Development Fund allocates around £160,000 a year to projects that help sustain community life and the environment, and promote awareness of the national park’s special qualities.

People can apply for grants of up to 75 per cent of costs for community projects, and 50 per cent for business projects, and advice is given on other sources of help.

For more details, go to  or call 01629 816312.

The Fund is financed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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