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Peak District Heritage at Risk site to be protected

This is an archived press release

Monday 20 June 2011

Historic lead-working remains near Castleton that are on England’s Heritage at Risk list are being protected by fencing and barriers.

The Peak District National Park Authority is working with Natural England, English Heritage, the landowner and farmer to protect Pin Dale side veins, which have suffered damage from illegal off-road vehicle use and fly-tipping.

Fencing is going up which will not keep out walkers but will enable the grassland habitats to recover. Scrub is being cut back, grazing animals introduced and work will be carried later this year to reduce damage from motor vehicles coming onto the monument.

The site is a Scheduled Monument because it has the remains of an ancient settlement and was a place where early miners worked with picks to cut lead ore from narrow clefts in the limestone.

Pin Dale is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its nationally important limestone geology. The lead working remains are home to unique plants and flowers which thrive in these rare habitats.

Ken Smith, cultural heritage manager for the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “The site has been particularly vulnerable because it lies near an un-surfaced track which is legal for vehicles and trail-bikes. Irresponsible drivers and riders have used it as a race-track or a rubbish dump, ignoring or at times destroying signs asking them to avoid the sensitive site.

“By working together with the landowner and our partner organisations, we hope this site can soon be removed from English Heritage’s list of high-risk sites.”

In 2001 there were 17 Peak District sites on the high-risk list. Now the figure is down to just two.

In 2008 the Peak District National Park Authority won English Heritage’s first Heritage at Risk award for its lead role in protecting vulnerable historic and archaeological sites.

This is an archived press release

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