National Park advisors call for younger generation to get more involved in the Peak District
This is an archived press release
Friday 6 December 2013
More young people, including school-age children, who live in and around the Peak District National Park should be encouraged to take more interest in the environment. This call to action comes after the National Park Management Plan Advisory Group reported its annual findings to the Peak District National Park Authority.
The Advisory Group meets three times a year, in March, July and October, to keep the momentum up on achieving shared actions and themes in the National Park Management Plan, including:
- An Environment Open for Business
- Destination Pedal Peak District
- Better, Bigger and More Joined Up
- Community Led Planning
- Inspiring Generations
The National Park Management Plan 2012-2017 is the overarching strategic plan for the Peak District National Park. It sets out the long term vision for the area and is reviewed every five years.
Speaking at the Full Authority meeting (Friday 6 December), Dianne Jeffery, independent chair of the Advisory Group, said: “Involving the partners in the Advisory Group forum is very effective – we are able to discuss the big issues such as sustainability and climate change, we can look for the overview and challenge stakeholders, including the National Park Authority. At the same time we can identify who can drive change and stimulate progress.
“This kind of debate enables ideas to surface, such as looking at ways of getting more young people involved in the national park who live in or near it.”
Cllr Tony Favell, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority said: “Inspiring youngsters to get excited about the natural environment and cultural heritage of the national park is key to safeguarding the Peak District into the future.
“Over the coming months we will be looking for corporate sponsors to help make sure that all young people have the opportunity to visit the national park.”
The National Park Management Plan Advisory Group is a partnership of 12 organisations set up in 2012 to help achieve the management plan’s goals. It includes representatives from Business Peak District, Environment Agency, English Heritage, Farmers and Land Managers Forum, Local Access Forum, Local Nature Partnership, Natural England, National Trust, Peak Park Parish Forum, Peak Partners for Rural Action, Society of Local Authority Chief Executives, and Visit Peak District.
Dianne Jeffery is the independent chair of the National Park Management Plan Advisory Group. Dianne is also chair of Age UK, vice-chair of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, former pro-chancellor of the University of Derby, former High Sheriff of Derbyshire and current Deputy Lieutenant of Derbyshire.
The Peak District National Park Management Plan 2012-17 can be found at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/npmp.