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Heritage, environment and health helped by Sustainable Development Fund

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Wednesday 20 October 2010

20 October 2010

Heritage, environment and health helped by Sustainable Development Fund

A new Kinder Heritage Centre, an environmentally-friendly bus-washer, and healthcare through farm work are all among new projects to receive backing from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund.

Set up to support long-term environmental and social wellbeing in and around the Peak District National Park, the Sustainable Development Fund has allocated more than £70,000 in grants in its latest round.

The grants include:

  • £18,000 towards a new Kinder Heritage Centre for Hayfield to promote awareness of the 1932 Mass Trespass which led the way to national parks and greater access for walkers across the UK
  • £15,000 towards Park Art, a project to bring up to 200 young people from disadvantaged areas of Leek into the national park and inspire creative activities in music, drama, photography, writing and art.
  • £9,800 towards a Care Farming project in which the Farming Life Centre in Blackwell will support local farmers to cultivate not just food but health. Care farmers provide a structured work-day for people with mental health problems, addictions or behavioural problems, building their skills and confidence.
  • £8,400 towards willow arches, dens and willow planting at Dukes Barn outdoor centre for disabled people at Beeley. The project will be carried out by 30 young volunteers, who will learn the skills from a willow worker, and will include a wheelchair-accessible path.
  • £8,200 towards an environmental bus washer for Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport, which provides transport for people who cannot use normal bus services for medical or other appointments. Recently moved to a new base in Great Longstone, the organisation wants to set up a rainwater harvesting system and energy efficient spray to reduce water and energy use.
  • £6,500 towards the Calor ‘Future of Rural Energy England’ (FREE) initiative set up by Rural Action Derbyshire to advise people on making traditional homes more energy efficient. Village workshops and a squad of more than 500 volunteers will provide advice, including free home visits.
  • £2,200 towards Micro-bed Gardening, a project set up by Bakewell and District Organic Growers to help people to grow their own food in small spaces.
  • £1,900 towards a Tudor Farming Life pilot project for up to 60 primary school children around Sheen, in which they can experience life as a Tudor farmer, teaching them crafts, history and a more sustainable lifestyle.
  • £400 towards Hartington’s World War project, with exhibitions around the village exploring the impact of the World Wars on rural communities.

Chair of the Sustainable Development Fund panel, Pauline Beswick, said: “It’s clear there is a really strong commitment among local communities, organisations and individuals to a sustainable future for the Peak District. These projects are imaginative, innovative and inspiring, and we are pleased to be able to support them.”

Grants cover 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 www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/sdf  or call 01629 816312.

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

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