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2013 press releases

peak district landscape

Archived press releases may not reflect current Authority policy or practice.

First step towards neighbourhood plan for Bradwell
Local residents and businesses are invited to have their say on whether a Peak District village should create a neighbourhood plan.
7 January 2013

Log on to benefits of high-speed broadband at Ashbourne community event
Residents, businesses and community groups are invited to an open evening in Ashbourne on Wednesday January 30 to find out how high speed broadband could benefit them.
15 January 2013

Peak District highlight for Tour de France cyclists
The world’s top cyclists will whoosh through a corner of the Peak District National Park as part of the Tour de France in 2014.
18 January 2013

Chance to give your views on update of Bakewell Conservation Area
Residents and businesses have a chance to give their views on a draft update of Bakewell Conservation Area.
21 January 2013

Welcome £12m cash boost for cycling in national parks
The Peak District National Park Authority has welcomed the Government’s injection of £12million to boost cycling opportunities in English national parks.
31 January 2013

National park authority bids to protect offices
The Peak District National Park Authority is to apply for exemption from the Government’s proposal to allow offices to be converted to housing without planning permission.
13 February 2013

New pre-application advice service from national park planners
The Peak District National Park Authority is introducing a new pre-application advice service for people considering development of their property or land.
11 February 2013

Students brave snow to plant 1200 trees
Snow could not deter students from the Buxton campus of the University of Derby from planting 1200 trees to help extend ancient woodlands in the Dane Valley.
18 February 2013

Advice on best sites and designs for solar panels in the national park
The Peak District National Park Authority wants to shed light on the best sites and designs for solar panels, particularly for owners of historic buildings, in the national park.
27 February 2013

Log on to benefits of high-speed broadband at Bakewell community event
Residents, businesses and community groups are invited to an open evening in Bakewell on Wednesday March 20 to find out how high speed broadband could benefit them.
4 March 2013

New face of national park planning puts agents in the picture
The new Director of Planning in the Peak District National Park has set out his more collaborative, open approach to the area’s planning agents.
6 March 2013

Royal oak helps seed new woodland for the Dane Valley
A Jubilee Oak, grown from an acorn from a royal estate, was planted in the Dane Valley to help seed new life for some of the UK’s most ancient woodlands.
7 March 2013

Get active in the national park for photo competition
Monsal Head, Stanage Edge, the Roaches – if you can take an inspiring picture of people enjoying spectacular Peak District settings like these, you could win a national prize.
8 March 2013

New life in prospect for long-derelict 19th century hall
The late Victorian Bennetston Hall, derelict since a devastating fire in the 1980s, has been approved for conversion to luxury apartments by the Peak District National Park’s planning committee.
8 March 2013

Dog owners asked to take the lead to protect wildlife and farm animals
Dog-walkers in the Peak District National Park are asked to keep their pets on short leads to protect young animals and birds during the breeding season.
14 March 2013

Town crier to announce launch of new Hartington Village Trail
Hartington’s town crier will summon people to the village pump on Saturday March 30 at 2pm to announce the launch of a new Village Trail.
14 March 2013

National Park Authority adopts new guidance for sustainable buildings and renewable energy
People making planning applications for development and renewable energy installations in the Peak District National Park are to benefit from new guidance.
15 March 2013

Authority welcomes appeal decision on cheese factory site
The Peak District National Park Authority has welcomed the Planning Inspectorate’s rejection of an appeal over the proposed redevelopment of a former cheese factory site in Hartington.
20 March 2013

New gallery shows the Peak District through the camera lens
Pictures by some of the finest local photographers are featured in a new gallery highlighting the special qualities of the Peak District National Park.
21 March 2013

Young people conduct climate change research on Peak District moors
More than a hundred secondary school students conducted climate change research on the Peak District and Pennine moors during National Science and Engineering Week March 18 -22.
22 March 2013

Explore ancient seas in the Peak District
The Peak District may be land-locked but millions of years ago it was covered with tropical ocean – families can explore fossils of sea-creatures embedded in our limestone cliffs on a free short guided walk on Saturday April 6.
28 March 2013

New Authority member to champion young people
The Peak District National Park Authority has welcomed Zahid Hamid as the newest member of its 30-strong governing body.
4 April 2013

Permission to get muddy in the Peak District
People of all ages who like getting muddied up are invited to help construct the mud walls of an Iron Age replica roundhouse in the Peak District.
12 April 2013

First step towards neighbourhood plan for Dore
Local residents and businesses are invited to have their say on whether a Peak District village should create a neighbourhood plan.
15 April 2013

Monsal Trail slow-down for lighting work
Cyclists, walkers and horse-riders are asked to be careful on the Monsal Trail for the next four weeks due to essential maintenance work on the tunnels’ lighting.
1 May 2013

First survey completed of one of rarest plant habitats in Europe
The first detailed survey of one of the rarest plant habitats in Europe – around old lead mines – has just been completed in the Peak District.
1 May 2013

Town crier to announce launch of new Hartington Village Trail
Hartington’s town crier will summon people to the village pump on Sunday May 12 at 2pm to announce the launch of a new Village Trail.
2 May 2013

Public to be consulted on banning motorised vehicles from Chapel Gate track
The general public are to have their say on plans for a permanent traffic ban on a green lane within the Peak District National Park.
3 May 2013

Parson House Outdoor Pursuit Centre – eco-friendly open day Sat May 18
An eco-friendly Peak District outdoor pursuits centre is holding an open day to demonstrate just what can be achieved to save water and energy – and cut bills.
15 May 2013

National Parks, National Assets
A new report, Valuing England’s National Parks, published by National Parks England shows the importance of National Parks not just as iconic landscapes and part of our national identity, but as thriving rural economies contributing to national prosperity and wellbeing through their special qualities.
24 May 2013

Chance to go geocaching to explore the Hope Valley
Families can hunt for hidden secrets in the Peak District’s beautiful Hope Valley as part of the nationwide Festival of Ecology during June, July and August.
30 May 2013

National park rangers get on their bikes
Peak District National Park rangers are taking to their mountain bikes to patrol the hills and dales at weekends.
3 June 2013

Get on your bicycle for Bike Week
Families, friends and individuals are encouraged to take to two wheels in the Peak District to celebrate National Bike Week, June 15 to 23.
14 June 2013

Do your bit for the moors
Volunteer Training Days for people interested in joining Moors for the Future Partnership’s new Community Science project are to be held in the Peak District National Park.
20 June 2013

Croatian round-house in Peak District celebrates EU accession
A new round-house has taken shape beside the High Peak Trail at Parsley Hay, near Hartington, built by Croatian craftsmen using traditional dry stone walling techniques.
1 July 2013

Chance to step back to the time of Henry VIII
Families can step back from the 21st century to the time of Henry VIII by joining the Great Tudor Farming Day in the tranquil Dove Valley on Saturday July 6.
2 July 2013

Explore fossils in Longdendale with the Creeping Toad
Families can crawl, jump or croak along to explore what fossils tell us of life millions of years ago in Longdendale on Sunday 7 July – led by a Creeping Toad.
2 July 2013

On your marks – one year to go for Le Tour 2014
The one-year countdown has begun to the day thousands of people will line the route of the Tour de France as it passes through the Peak District National Park.
5 July 2013

National Parks UK and Peak District National Park Authority elects local man for top roles
A Peak District resident has been elected to chair two of the UK's leading organisations that look after and promote national park landscapes.
5 July 2013

Croatian roundhouse builds friendship between European nations
Croatian and British dignitaries gathered in the Peak District to celebrate Croatia’s accession to the European Union through the shared tradition of dry stone walling.
8 July 2013

Duke takes photo opportunity to meet national park photographers
HRH the Duke of Gloucester focused on picture-perfect images of the Peak District National Park when he called in to Bakewell Visitor Centre.
9 July 2013

First step towards neighbourhood plan for Bakewell
Local residents and businesses are invited to have their say on a proposal for the largest town within the Peak District National Park to create a neighbourhood plan.
11 July 2013

Community land trust wins first approval for affordable homes in the Peak District
The Peak District National Park Authority's planning committee has unanimously approved a scheme for eight affordable homes in Youlgrave.
12 July 2013

School pupils shine in MoorLIFE competition
Schoolchildren brought their stories to life with shadow puppets, acting and animation in a competition to depict "Bringing life back to the moors."
15 July 2013

State of the Park report goes live online
The Peak District National Park landscape is worth £426million to the local economy.
17 July 2013

UK national parks are ‘Actively Yours’
That mountain: it's yours to climb. That coastal path: it's yours to wander. That sweeping moorland, that pristine river, that tranquil forest -- they belong to you and to all of us. They are ours to explore.
18 July 2013

Warning over moorland fire risk in the Peak District
People are being urged to help prevent the risk of moorland fires in the Peak District National Park after some of the hottest July days on record.
19 July 2013

Recreational vehicles are banned from a Peak District green lane
The Peak District National Park Authority is to exclude trail-bikes, quad-bikes and 4x4s from a Derbyshire green lane, to protect the special qualities of the national park.
19 July 2013

Could you help a bird survey take flight in the Peak District?
Could you help a bird survey take flight in the Peak District?
23 July 2013

Digging deep – new book explores the depths of internationally important Ecton Mines
Digging deep – new book explores the depths of internationally important Ecton Mines
25 July 2013

Roadshow to help Peak District businesses benefit from Le Tour
Roadshow to help Peak District businesses benefit from Le Tour
25 July 2013

National park residents say what they think about the Peak District
The sense of peace and tranquillity in the Peak District National Park is more important to residents now than in 2009.
26 July 2013

Schoolchildren’s winning ways with wonder walls
Schoolchildren from Hartington and Biggin Primary Schools came up with a new logo to help raise the profile of the Derbyshire Dry Stone Wall Association.
29 July 2013

Prince William sends support for World Ranger Day
HRH Prince William highlighted the sacrifice of more than 1,000 park rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty worldwide over the last 10 years.
31 July 2013

Help raise funds for Peak cycling for health project
The Peak District National Park is one of the UK’s best loved landscapes with its high moorlands, dramatic rock edges, wooded dales, haymeadows and miles of drystone walls.
8 August 2013

New book celebrates disappearing Peak District field barns
A farmer’s recollection from a bygone era is just one of the memories recorded in a new book, “Field Barns of the Peak District,” by Sheila Hine.
8 August 2013

£7.5m cycling investment to boost Peak pedal power
Cycling in the Peak District National Park is being given a £7.5million boost to enhance and extend the cycle-trail network
12 August 2013

Summer mountain biking in the Peak
People new to mountain biking are being urged to gear up for some late summer cycling.
15 August 2013

Countdown is on to first Peak Cycle Fest
It’s just days to go to the first ever Peak District Cycling Festival, Saturday 7 to Sunday 15 September.
15 August 2013

Peak District National Park hosts Government Chief Planner
The Government’s chief planner Steve Quartermain with special responsibility for links to national parks visited the Peak District today to meet national park planning officials and discuss planning issues.
15 August 2013

Family fun day turnout shows national parks are ‘Actively Yours’
The Government’s chief planner Steve Quartermain with special responsibility for links to national parks visited the Peak District today to meet national park planning officials and discuss planning issues.
15 August 2013

Going back in time at Calver Mill
The Government’s chief planner Steve Quartermain with special responsibility for links to national parks visited the Peak District today to meet national park planning officials and discuss planning issues.
22 August 2013

Beginners welcome at Peak District Cycle Festival
The Government’s chief planner Steve Quartermain with special responsibility for links to national parks visited the Peak District today to meet national park planning officials and discuss planning issues.
27 August 2013

Climb up to the Moor at Castleton and Edale visitor centres
The unique beauty of the moorland is captured and celebrated in an exhibition being staged at Peak District National Park Visitor Centres in Castleton and Edale from 1 to 29 September.
29 August 2013

Car park charges to increase in Peak District National Park
Charges for parking in the Peak District National Park Authority car parks are to go up for the first time in six years.
5 September 2013

Chance to give your views on future use of green lane
A six-week public consultation begins today (Thur Sept 12) on whether trail-bikes, quad bikes and 4x4s should be prohibited from Leys Lane near Longstone Edge in the Peak District National Park.
25 September 2013

Two Peak District campsites gain planners’ approval
Planning permission for two campsites has been given by the Peak District National Park Authority.
16 September 2013

Wind turbines refused to protect landscape and wildlife
Wind turbines refused to protect landscape and wildlife
16 September 2013

National park planners secure restoration of three quarries
Derelict areas within two former quarries are to be restored, and old permissions at Birchover Quarry replaced with a new updated permission, following decisions made by the Peak District National Park Authority’s planning committee.
16 September 2013

Five steps to a better and greener business
Local businesses are invited to attend a free event to find out how they can get recognition for the things they do to help look after the Peak District’s environment and communities.
18 September 2013

Vehicle ban for Peak District green lane
The Peak District National Park Authority is to permanently prevent motor vehicles from using the Long Causeway at Stanage, near Hathersage, to protect the national park’s special qualities.
20 September 2013

National Park Authority to keep Stanage and North Lees estate
The Peak District National Park Authority is to retain the ownership and management of the popular climbing, walking and wildlife area of Stanage Edge and the surrounding North Lees estate.
25 September 2013

New book explores little-known Peak District river
A River in Time: the Story of a Peak District River - a new book being launched on September 27 - celebrates in words and images the beautiful River Bradford, a limestone river linking the communities of Middleton, Youlgrave and Alport in the Derbyshire Dales.
25 September 2013

Brian’s national park marathon ends in triumph
Business analyst Brian Couzins has rambled into the record books by walking through all 555 square miles of the Peak District National Park.
25 September 2013

Science in the Park reveals ants build solar-powered homes
Hairy wood ants build mounds that stay warmer than the surrounding soil by thatching the nest-tops and moving the thatch as it heats or cools, creating a solar-powered roof… say scientists in the Peak District National Park.
26 September 2013

Proposed planning reforms threaten national park, says Authority
The Peak District National Park Authority is appealing for exemption from Government proposals to allow farm buildings to be converted to housing, schools or nurseries without planning permission.
4 October 2013

Wonder wheels! – fundraisers celebrate launch of tandem trike
Charity fundraisers gathered at the Peak District National Park’s Parsley Hay cycle hire centre to present a £1,500 tandem trike that will help people with disabilities to get mobile.
11 October 2013

Earth-sheltered house and eco-house win approval in Peak District
Designs for an earth-sheltered house and an eco-house have won approval from Peak District National Park planning committee.
14 October 2013

Applications invited for new Members of Peak District National Park Authority
People with specialist experience in landscape or cultural heritage are being sought to become new Members of the Peak District National Park Authority.
22 October 2013

Cut costs and save energy – free event for Peak businesses
Peak District businesses are invited to a free networking event to learn how to run their operations more efficiently, reduce energy bills and help the environment.
24 October 2013

Cyclists encouraged to gear up for winter with free bike checks
Cyclists are invited to bring their bicycles for a free check before winter at Millers Dale Station, on the Monsal Trail.
25 October 2013

Bus travellers to Chatsworth rewarded with discounts
Visitors to historic Chatsworth can get £2 off entry to the house and garden if they leave the car at home and hop on a TM Travel bus from Sheffield, Matlock or Bakewell.
29 October 2013

Time-travel Tudor project wins national award
Volunteers have won a national education award for helping children re-create Tudor farming life in the Peak District National Park.
30 October 2013

Chatsworth celebrates publication of Ecton Mines history book
At a special celebration at Chatsworth, the Duke of Devonshire has welcomed the publication of a new book charting the development of the historic copper mines at Ecton.
30 October 2013

Success for Science in the Park
Budding scientists and established researchers agree Science in the Park events are a great way to discover new things about the Peak District National Park.
13 November 2013

National Park Planners Give Green Light for Chatsworth Quarry
An old quarry on the Chatsworth Estate, near Beeley, has gained permission from the Peak District National Park Authority to be re-opened, once a legal agreement has been signed.
15 November 2013

National Park Authority moves to protect two Peak District quarry sites
The National Park Authority is taking steps to protect the national park at two quarry sites, at Longstone Edge and Stanton Moor.
15 November 2013

Peak District van lady takes history on the road
A travelling museum housed in a van is being used to bring the past to life in the Peak District for schoolchildren and community groups of all ages.
20 November 2013

Abseiling to be suspended for step repairs
Abseiling from a popular bridge on the Monsal Trail is expected to be halted on weekdays in the first two weeks of December for the renewal of steps leading down to the riverside.
21 November 2013

Meet Peak District photographers at Bakewell Visitor Centre
Christmas shoppers and visitors to Bakewell this weekend (Saturday November 30 and Sunday December 1) have a special opportunity to meet some of the UK’s top landscape and wildlife photographers.
25 November 2013

Peak District National Park volunteers win national awards
Peak District National Park volunteer rangers have won two out of three awards in the 2013 UK National Parks Volunteer Awards for their outstanding contributions.
29 November 2013

Peak District businesses celebrate 2013 environmental awards
Nine new Environmental Quality Mark Awards were presented to Peak District businesses at a special 10th anniversary dinner.
29 November 2013

First steps towards neighbourhood plan for Dore
Local residents and businesses are invited to have their say on whether Dore village should create a neighbourhood forum and area.
29 November 2013

Funding boost for wildlife corridors along Peak District trails
The Peak District’s traffic-free trails will bloom into vital wildlife corridors thanks to a £160,000 funding boost.
3 December 2013

Get up to date with the past at Archaeology Day 2014
People interested in their local history can find out what archaeologists have been discovering in Derbyshire and the Peak District over the past year at Archaeology Day 2014.
4 December 2013

Businesses to be charged for planning advice in national park
The Peak District National Park Authority is to follow other local authorities in charging businesses for pre-application planning advice.
6 December 2013

National Park manages austerity savings
Further savings have been made to the Peak District National Park Authority’s budget and other money re-prioritised to pay for key areas of work.
6 December 2013

National Park advisors call for younger generation to get more involved in the Peak District

9 December 2013

Decision heralds boost for Peak tourism economy and industrial heritage
A new heritage centre, craft shop, café, tourist accommodation, car park, training and community facility are to be built on a former industrial site in the Peak District National Park.
13 December 2013

Young conservationists learn skills in Peak District National Park
The Peak District National Park Authority is looking to the future by supporting two young apprentices to gain specialist skills in conserving and enhancing the natural beauty of the national park.
16 December 2013

Volunteer rangers donate prize money to health walks
Peak District National Park volunteer rangers were delighted to receive a certificate and £1,000 to help people with health problems to go walking in the countryside.
23 December 2013

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