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Green grants brighten Peak District’s future

This is an archived press release

Friday 13 August 2010

13 August 2010

Green grants brighten Peak District’s future

Walking, hydro-power, and the creative arts are among projects seeded by the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund that should bear fruit for local communities in coming months.

The Fund’s panel has awarded grants of:

  • £20,000 to the Bollington Initiative Trust towards a volunteers centre that will form part of an eventual £2m environmental studies and heritage skills centre at Ingersley Hall if a Heritage Lottery Fund bid is successful
  • £15,500 to Arts in the Peak’s Futurescape project which will place five artists or writers in residence across the Peak District to produce community events reflecting changes faced by local people and landscapes
  • £5,300 to the Bradfield “Walkers are Welcome” initiative, part of a national campaign including local walking guides and information to stimulate more visits to the area. Bradfield Parish Council will be launching this on September 19 - the same day they open a new oak bridge made by Edale craftsman Robin Wood and commissioned by the Bradfield In Bloom group, which was also supported by the Sustainable Development Fund
  • £1,000 to help investigate whether hydro-power generation may be feasible at Litton Mill, in Millers Dale. The project is proposed by the villagers’ newly-formed Litton Mill Hydro Group
  • £800 to Transition Chesterfield, a community group helping the town adapt to climate change. It is launching an Access the Peak District project, creating walking guides that link with bus and train services easily accessible from Chesterfield.

Three other projects supported by the Sustainable Development Fund will have their official openings in September - a new 12-mile Bollington Tree Trail on September 5, an energy-efficient extension to Bakewell’s Old House Museum on September 23 and Parwich’s new Memorial Hall, complete with renewable and energy saving measures, on September 25.

Pauline Beswick, chair of the independent panel which allocates the grants, said: “These projects are inspiring and effective in improving the lives of local people. We’re glad to be able to support communities and organisations who are working so hard to ensure a sustainable future for the Peak District.”

The Sustainable Development Fund, financed by Defra, supports social, educational and environmental projects and is managed by the Peak District National Park Authority.

For more information about the Sustainable Development Fund, go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/sdf   or call 01629 816200.

This is an archived press release

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