Grants help city youngsters connect with countryside

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 6 December 2011

Hundreds of urban youngsters will learn about wildlife and conservation through fishing and field trips thanks to thousands of pounds in grants from the Peak District National Park’s Sustainable Development Fund.
The fund is also giving grants to rainwater harvesting projects in Great Hucklow and Houndkirk, organic gardening courses in Darley Dale and a historic tools exhibition in Bradfield.
The latest round of allocations includes:

  • £19,000 towards the Sustainable Fisheries Project, which will bring Sheffield ethnic and white youngsters from deprived city areas to join their counterparts from the Bakewell area in learning about sustainable fishing, river management and wetland habitat conservation.
    The project, whose total cost is £28,600, will be run by SHEBEEN (Sheffield Black and Ethnic Minority Network) in partnership with the Peak District National Park Authority, the Haddon Estate, the Trent Rivers Trust, the Salmon and Trout Association, Derbyshire Bat Group and Wincle Fisheries.
    SHEBEEN aims to reach up to 200 youngsters in a programme that includes field trips, workshops and a two-day residential course. It hopes they will continue their newfound interest with the creation of a SHEBEEN angling club.
  • £11,000 towards the Peak Footprints project, which aims to bring 225 young people from Huddersfield, Halifax and Dewsbury to learn about climate change, landscape and habitat conservation on the Peak District moors.
    This project, run by Groundwork Leeds, will involve nine schools from the Kirklees area, some of whom have already taken part in the national park’s Moorland Indicators of Climate Change research programme.
    Learning teams from Groundwork, the Peak District National Park Authority and the National Trust will help the youngsters explore large-scale, long-term conservation work, such as the MoorLIFE restoration project, being done on landscapes on their own doorsteps.
  • £1,650 towards a rainwater harvesting system at the Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow – a not-for-profit holiday and conference centre that also acts as a hub for community volunteering.
  • £355 to help Parson House, a charity-run outdoor pursuits centre on Houndkirk Moor, to investigate the possibility of rainwater harvesting, along with energy saving and generating, at the remote location.
  • £1,500 to Peak Organics, Darley Dale, toward providing raised beds, ponds, disabled access and the liner for a yurt, all to be used for training courses to help communities and individuals learn how to grow organic produce in their own gardens and allotments.
  • £355 toward Bradfield Tools Day, to be run by Bradfield Local History Group, to encourage visitors along to the village with an exhibition of rural and industrial tools that will help them understand local heritage.
    Pauline Beswick, who chairs the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund, said: “We’re here to support schemes that promote wider understanding of our environment and heritage, better social integration and a sustainable future for communities across the Peak District. All these projects live up to those aims and we’re glad to be able to help them.”
    The fund supports environmental, educational and social projects in and around the national park, with grants allocated four times a year.
    Applicants are also given advice by Peak District Sustainable Development officer Richard Godley. For more information, go to   or call 01629 816312.

This is an archived press release

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