This is an archived press release
Friday 16 December 2011
A time capsule has been buried under an oak tree at an iconic viewpoint to mark the 60th anniversary of the Peak District National Park.
The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Dr Sylvia Dunkley, and Councillor Tony Favell, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, carried out the tree planting and capsule burying ceremony at Surprise View, near Hathersage.
They were joined by staff from the Peak District National Park Authority and Sheffield City Council, along with members of Sheffield Ramblers.
The event was the last in a year of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Peak District being designated as Britain’s first national park.
Items within the time capsule included a copy of a letter from Prince Charles congratulating the Peak District National Park Authority on reaching the milestone, a copy of Park Life, the authority’s newsletter, a copy of the Sheffield Star, drink coasters featuring views of the national park, speeches given at official events to mark the 60th anniversary, a card bearing a message from the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, information on the Community Forestry programme and local walking information and leaflets provided by the Sheffield Ramblers.
The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Dr Dunkley, said: “The Peak District National Park plays a vital role in the lives of Sheffield residents.
“Many people still don’t realise that a third of the city lies within the national park. This really makes it a place where people can go for recreation and leisure, with all the pleasure and health benefits that brings.”
The event took place with the support of Sheffield City Council’s community forestry team and Peak District National Park Authority rangers.
Councillor Tony Favell, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “There have been many events throughout the year to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the national park.
“Each of them has shown that the national park is as important and relevant in people’s lives today as it was when it was created in 1951.
“'The Peak District National Park remains a vital breathing space for cities like Sheffield. Not only that, our national parks are today at the forefront of issues like tackling climate change, supporting the growth of rural businesses and helping to protect some of our rarest plants and species.”