Grants feed green growth for Peak District communities

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Tuesday 23 February 2010

23 February 2010

Grants feed green growth for Peak District communities

Thousands of pounds in grants from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund will help kick-start “green” community projects throughout the area.

Recent grants allocated by the Fund’s independent panel include environmental, educational, social and energy efficiency projects across the Peak District National Park and surrounding towns and villages.

All are aimed securing a more sustainable future for local communities, the environment or wildlife. They include:

In the central Peak District:

  • £9,320 to the Stone and Water project, Buxton, to hold seven family events led by ecologists and environmental artists to help people understand and conserve plantlife in the High Peak and Staffordshire Moorlands
  • £9,000 to the Tideswell Community Interpretation Project, to encourage visitors to spend more time in the village on low-key sustainable activities that will help the local economy, promoted through a new tourist information point, panels and self-guided village trails
  • £8,350 to Sustainable Youlgrave for an energy efficiency study of the village’s churches, village hall and other community buildings to reduce energy bills and carbon footprints
  • £4,250 to the Combs Village Hall Trust, to help buy energy efficiency measuring equipment to survey older houses in Combs and Eccles Pike. The Trust will also train volunteers, and to lend the technology to other communities
  • £2,600 to the Caudwells Mill Trust, Rowsley, towards a feasibility study for hydro-power generation at the mill
  • £1,375 to the River of Flowers Community Group, Bakewell, towards the creation and conservation of native wildflower habitats along the River Wye
  • £250 to the Bakewell Area Gardeners Action Group to set up a community orchard and raise awareness about local produce and healthy eating.

On the eastern (Sheffield) side of the Peak District:

  • £10,000 to the East Peak Volunteer Information Service, to set up a volunteer-staffed visitor information centre in Penistone to encourage people to explore the Trans Pennine Trail and other areas of the national park around Penistone and Langsett
  • £6,750 to Aitchelle Sports consultancy, to help develop a youth programme alongside the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2010, enabling up to 800 young people to have taster sessions of climbing, orienteering, pot-holing, cycling and canoeing in the Peak District National Park, and 2,400 young people to see inspiring outdoor adventure films
  • £6,600 to Bradfield in Bloom towards its Crossing the Stream project - reinstating a timber bridge that was destroyed in a flash flood, using sustainable materials and local craftspeople. The project will re-connect the village recreation field to bus stops and re-instate the stonewall boundary.  
  • £1,500 to the High Green Development Trust to help investigate a Pedal Link partnership to improve cycling facilities and encourage people to cycle into the Eastern Peak District for health, leisure and commuting.

On the western (Manchester) side of the Peak District:

  • £18,375 to the RSPB towards setting up a Mobile Information Unit at Dovestone reservoir near Greenfield, which will provide visitor facilities and promote understanding of the National Park environment, wildlife, climate change and conservation.
  • £7,000 to St Peters Youth (SPY) club for two residential field trips at an outdoor pursuits centre in the National Park for young people from disadvantaged areas of Ashton-under-Lyne. The teenagers will learn about climate change, environmental and conservation issues and, on their return, do presentations to other youth and community groups, gaining credits towards a Volunteer V Award.
  • £3,000 to Saddleworth Parish Council to help provide an experimental bus service between Greenfield station, Uppermill and Dovestone reservoir on 15 summer weekends, integrating rail and bus services for visitors. Dovestone attracts 150,000 visitors annually, and its car park is frequently full.

Other projects not specifically attached to an area:

  • £9,400 towards the Hare Biodiversity Project, for the production of a book on the brown hare, and awareness-raising events at schools, community groups and exhibitions. Profits from the book will help support conservation projects, and its author Christine Gregory plans to involve farmers and local residents in her research.
  • £6,750 to develop community links with the Badia, an area of Jordan where special landscapes are under pressure. The aim of the applicants (Durham University and Sustainable Youlgrave) is to establish a five-year exchange programme using the Peak District as a model for community action on sustainable development, and to foster new ideas for both sides.
  • £3,300 to PhD student Paul Wilson to use the Peak District National Park as a case-study for “Countryside in the Contemporary Imagination,” a research project into popular perceptions and expectations of national parks. His report will help policy planners and landscape managers in the future.

Harry Bowell, chair of the Sustainable Development Fund panel, said: “We are grateful to all these Peak District community groups, businesses and individuals who have shown such obvious commitment to improving life in their area, now and in the future.”

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. Projects should help to conserve the national park, or promote awareness and enjoyment of its special qualities.

For more details, go to  or call 01629 816312.

The Fund is managed by the Peak District National Park Authority, and financed by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs.

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