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2014 press releases

peak district landscape

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

Celebrate 2014 with 14 things to do in the Peak District National Park this winter
Residents and visitors in the Peak District National Park are being encouraged to enjoy all that the area has to offer through the winter months.
3 January 2014

New spots to see starry, starry nights in the Peak District
New information panels have been installed to give stargazers a guide to the night sky over the Peak District National Park.
7 January 2014

Loss of a Peak District National Park pioneer
A man who helped pioneer the Peak District National Park ranger service has died at the age of 79.
9 January 2014

Scour the skies for Orion over the Peak District National Park
The Peak District Dark Skies Group is seeking the help of residents and visitors to help monitor the impact of light pollution on our night sky.
20 January 2014

Trail-bikes and 4x4s to be banned on two green lanes in Peak District National Park
The Peak District National Park Authority has confirmed legal orders to exclude trail-bikes and 4x4s from two green lanes at the Roych and Chapel Gate, near Chapel-en-le-Frith.
24 January 2014

National landscape photography winner comes to Bakewell
Beautiful images by national Landscape Photographer of the Year Tony Bennett will be on display at Bakewell Visitor Centre from February 8 to March 22.
29 January 2014

Chance to comment on review of Bradwell Conservation Area
Residents and businesses have a chance to give their views on a draft review and update of Bradwell Conservation Area.
30 January 2014

Grants available to make the Peak District more cycle friendly
A new grant scheme has been launched to help make the Peak District National Park and surrounding area more welcoming for cyclists.
4 February 2014

Is your New Year’s Resolution to do better (and greener) business?
A free event to help Peak District businesses improve their environmental credentials and stand out from the crowd is being held in Bakewell.
5 February 2014

New Air Wick range celebrates Peak District National Park landscape
The Peak District National Park Authority and the other 14 UK national parks have formed a partnership with leading home fragrance brand Air Wick.
13 February 2014

Moors for the Future sets sights on 2020 vision
The Peak District-based Moors for the Future Partnership – a global leader in large-scale moorland restoration – has set out ambitious plans for development up to 2020.
13 February 2014

Milestone returns home to Houndkirk Moor
Peak District National Park rangers have helped re-instate an 18th century milestone on Houndkirk Moor after it spent nearly 70 years as a garden feature in nearby Dore, Sheffield.
19 February 2014

Peak District National Park chief appointed trustee to national heritage funds board
Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, has been appointed by the Prime Minister as a trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund/National Heritage Lottery Fund board.
21 February 2014

Have your say on building design advice in the Peak District National Park
People are being asked their views on planning guidance for alterations and extensions to houses and on the design of shop fronts in the national park.
25 February 2014

Report shows National Park Authority approves 80% of planning applications
The Peak District National Park Authority has published a report which looks at their performance in applying national park policies when dealing with planning applications and planning appeals.
26 February 2014

Have your say on cycling in the Peak District
People who live in and around the Peak District are being asked to give their views on cycling.
3 March 2014

Have your say on the South West Peak
The South West Peak is under threat with many of its unique and special features at risk of being lost forever. Now a partnership of environmental, statutory and voluntary organisations is seeking Heritage Lottery Fund money to start tackling some of the issues and wants to hear the views and ideas of people who live, work and visit the area.
3 March 2014

Peak District National Park welcomes Government announcement on barn conversions
Peak District National Park leaders have welcomed a Government exemption for English national parks from proposals to allow barn conversions without planning permission.
6 March 2014

Cycle Yourself Fit For Spring
The longer days mean it’s time for new and experienced cyclists to shake off the winter blues, get back in the saddle and get pedalling.
6 March 2014

Volunteers plant nearly 2,000 trees in Dane Valley
Volunteers dug deep to plant nearly 2,000 trees in the Dane Valley on the Cheshire/Staffordshire border of the Peak District National Park.
17 March 2014

Help create a vision for Stanage and North Lees
People who love the spectacular Stanage and North Lees landscape near Hathersage are invited to help refresh the vision for the estate.
18 March 2014

Woolly bike celebrates 100 days to go to Tour de France in the Peak District
Cycling and crochet are two activities people might not normally associate with each other but that is set to change in the Peak District National Park.
21 March 2014

Shining a light on planning enforcement in the Peak District
How does the planning enforcement process work in the Peak District National Park?
27 March 2014

Authority says farewell to retiring leaders
The Peak District National Park Authority said a fond farewell to three people who have played a leading role in shaping the national park as it is today.
28 March 2014

Planning advice charges for businesses in Peak District National Park
Charges for pre-application planning advice for business development come into operation in the Peak District National Park from April 1 2014.
31 March 2014

Dog-walkers asked to keep pets on leads in countryside
Peak District dog-walkers are asked to keep their pets on short leads to protect young farm animals and wildlife during the breeding season of spring and early summer.
2 April 2014

Follow in the footsteps of the original Peak District National Park rangers
The 60th anniversary of the Ranger Service will be celebrated over the Easter weekend where it all started – in Edale – with walks, veteran rangers in 1950s gear and a display of memorabilia.
3 April 2014

All aboard the Dambuster shuttle for the Derwent Valley
Visitors to the famous Derwent dams can forget about the car this Easter with a shuttle bus link to the scenic spots.
14 April 2014

Google Doodle celebrates Peak District National Park’s 63rd anniversary
Today is the Peak District National Park's birthday. It is 63 years old. On the day we become the first UK national park to borrow the Google Trekker camera backpack to capture its iconic and diverse landscapes on Google Street View, we are delighted to announce that Google have designed a special Peak District 'Doodle', so everyone in the UK who goes to the Google homepage www.google.co.uk will see our celebratory doodle.
17 April 2014

Welcome to new Members of the National Park Authority
Three new faces have been welcomed as Members of the Peak District National Park Authority.
24 April 2014

Festival organisers want to turn the Peak District green
A festival for all things green and environmentally friendly is set to encourage more Peak District residents and businesses to live, work and enjoy the area in sustainable ways.
24 April 2014

Get inspired in the Peak District National Park for photo competition
Teaching a child to ride a bicycle on the Tissington Trail, taking part in a Duke of Edinburgh Award challenge on the Peak District moors, practicing watercolour painting at Monsal Head – show people discovering the joys of national parks and you could win a national prize.
25 April 2014

Bakewell to host life in the wild exhibition
Wonderful photographs of wildlife in the national park by local watercolour artist, photographer and writer Christine Gregory will be on display at Bakewell Visitor Centre from May 12 to June 27.
25 April 2014

Anti-litter heroes Pick and Play in Peak District National Park
More than 50 big-hearted volunteers took up the rubbish idea of collecting other people’s litter in the Peak District National Park.
29 April 2014

A scientific approach to the effect of upland restoration on flooding
Three football-pitch sized plots high on the uplands of Kinder Scout could hold the key to reducing the kind of flooding that wreaked havoc in parts of England last winter.
7 May 2014

National Park Appeal for Crocheted/Knitted Triangles to Celebrate Europarcs Day
Saturday May 24 is European Day of National Parks. The theme for 2014 is ‘Parks for nature. Parks for well-being. Parks for peace.’
16 May 2014

Hello Monsal viaduct
Visitors this summer can once more see the famous Monsal viaduct in its full glory, thanks to volunteer rangers who cut back nine years of ash and blackthorn growth.
20 May 2014

Green businesses pledge to support African communities
Peak District businesses committed to working sustainably, supporting their local communities and the national park environment are expanding their efforts to support communities overseas through a local charity with a global outlook.
20 May 2014

Bombs, tanks and Tommies invade Langsett Barn – Sat May 31
Dad's Army it is not – a new exhibition looking back to when the Peak District moors played a serious part in the Allied war effort opens on Saturday May 31 at Langsett Barn Ranger Centre, near Penistone.
21 May 2014

Open Farm Sunday 8 June
Hundreds of farmers across the country will be opening their gates to the public on Open Farm Sunday June 8 – and among them is Michael Longworth at historic North Lees Farm beneath the spectacular Stanage Edge, near Hathersage.
27 May 2014

Bogs are beautiful
Bogs are beautiful, despite being depicted in period dramas as inhospitable, dangerous places, where damsels need rescuing by rugged windswept heroes.
30 May 2014

A special place to watch a special race – help look after the national park
The Peak District National Park is a special place to watch the Tour de France – so please help look after it.
4 June 2014

Tour trophy to visit Bakewell
The official Tour de France Grand Départ trophy is to visit the Peak District next week as the national park gears up to host part of the race.
12 June 2014

Families can step back to Tudor times in Dove Valley - June 28
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 June 28.
16 June 2014

Grand Départ du Tour de France Trophy in Bakewell
The official Grand Départ du Tour de France trophy has arrived in the Peak District National Park and for one week only will be on display in Bakewell visitor centre.
16 June 2014

Talking about Stanton Moor
A new liaison group is to bring together local residents and quarry companies to help manage and protect one of the Peak District National Park’s best loved landscapes.
18 June 2014

Traditional sword dance celebrates Peak District Summer of Cycling!
Visitors to the Peak District National Park’s trails are in for an unusual treat this summer with a traditional sword dance team poised to perform at several sites.
20 June 2014

Help look after the National Park on Race Day
‘Respect, protect and enjoy’ the environment is the message to Tour de France Grand Départ spectators when they watch the world’s largest cycle race pedal through the Peak District National Park on Sunday July 6.
25 June 2014

Tour de France Grand Départ transport updates on @TdFYorksTravel
A new dedicated Twitter account has been set up to offer official travel advice and information for the Tour de France Grand Départ.
26 June 2014

Volunteer Ranger Wins Recognition
A Peak District National Park volunteer ranger’s contribution in helping protect the countryside has been acknowledged in the Prime Minister’s Points of Lights awards.
26 June 2014

Accessibility for all to enjoy the Grand Départ
Information and guidance is available now for people with disabilities or mobility needs to help them enjoy the Tour de France Grand Départ.
2 July 2014

Changes on the Peak District National Park Authority
Councillor Lesley Roberts has been elected chair of the Peak District National Park Authority at its annual meeting (July 4).
4 July 2014

Minister visits Peak ahead of the Tour de France Peloton
Today (July 4), Defra minister Lord de Mauley saw how the people on the ground are preparing the Peak District National Park ahead of the Tour de France Grand Départ which is due on Sunday.
4 July 2014

Cookery? – that’s only the half of it at Tideswell School of Food
Three years ago Tideswell School of Food grew out of a BBC/Big Lottery Village SOS programme to boost the local economy – and now it is cooking up a feast to help many more people.
11 July 2014

National Park Classrooms Donated by Hope Cement Works
Students of all ages coming into the Peak District National Park to learn more about the area now have two brand new ‘classrooms’ to use – one indoors and one outdoors – thanks to support from Hope Construction Materials.
15 July 2014

Youngsters learn to take photographs and leave nothing but footprints
Schoolchildren from Birkdale School in Sheffield have been inspired by the Peak District National Park landscape to produce a photographic exhibition which is on show in the Peak District Photography Gallery at Bakewell visitor centre until August 9.
15 July 2014

Royal visit acknowledges Peak District National Park’s volunteer rangers
Four Peak District National Park volunteer rangers, who between them have given 125 years of volunteering, have spoken of their delight and honour at meeting HM the Queen and HRH Prince Philip during the royal visit to Derbyshire last week.
16 July 2014

Families Wanted! To get out and about in the Peak District this summer!
Families looking for fun things to do in the national park this summer should try some of the exciting events the Peak District learning and discovery team has planned for them.
18 July 2014

National Parks Week 2014 celebrates Britain's 'Space to Grow'
People are being encouraged to discover more about national parks by taking a nature safari, going on a mini-beast hunt, cycling on beautiful trails, or walking with a national park ranger.
23 July 2014

Derwent Valley Dambuster bus gets a new look
Visitors to the famous Derwent dams should notice something extra special about the shuttle bus this summer.
24 July 2014

Act safely in the Peak District to prevent moorland fires
People are being urged to help prevent moorland fires in the Peak District National Park as the hot dry weather continues.
24 July 2014

Bakewell Section of Monsal Trail closed during Bakewell Show
The section of the Monsal Trail between Hassop Station and Bakewell Station will be closed on August 6 and 7 to allow the Bakewell Show Park and Ride service to operate.
29 July 2014

Nominate your national park heroes
People are being asked to put forward, for a national award, the names of dedicated individuals who give up their time to help look after the Peak District National Park.
31 July 2014

Summer Fun on Two-Wheels in the National Park
Families, biking beginners and more experienced cyclists are being urged to get on two-wheels to explore the Peak District National Park this summer.
1 August 2014

National Park's Chief Executive to move on to new roles
The Peak District National Park wishes to announce that Jim Dixon, its chief executive officer for the last 11 years, has decided to take his career to the next level and has resigned in order to take up new roles.
18 August 2014

Photo competition to celebrate the joys of North Lees and Stanage
Photographers of all ages who love spectacular Stanage Edge and the beautiful area of North Lees, near Hathersage, are being encouraged to take pictures for a new competition.
20 August 2014

Hathersage offers a secure welcome to cyclists
Cyclists in the beautiful Hope Valley can now benefit from new cycle-friendly facilities.
26 August 2014

Get close to wildlife at new photography exhibition
Photographs of wild animals and birds by one of the UK’s leading wildlife photographer are on display at Bakewell visitor centre.
8 September 2014

Ten years of walking on the wild side
A decade after access land in the Peak District National Park was doubled in size for lovers of the great outdoors, the park’s access champions have met to carry forward this legacy.
22 September 2014

Build a better Peak District business
A free event has been organised to boost Peak District businesses and help the environment.
2 October 2014

New Authority member sought
Applications are invited to appoint a new Authority member to help conserve and enhance the special landscapes of the Peak District National Park
3 October 2014

Wind turbine refused to protect landscape and cultural heritage
An application for a wind turbine has been turned down by the Peak District National Park Authority to protect the landscape and nationally important archaeology.
10 October 2014

Take care on High Peak Trail during improvement work
Work to improve the surface of nearly two kilometres of the High Peak Trail at Friden is due to start on Monday (October 13).
10 October 2014

Pupils protect Peak District trees
Children from Wincle CofE Primary School are helping to protect the landscape of the Peak District National Park, as well as keeping Danebridge tidy as part of a national campaign.
5 November 2014

Trike it... you'll like it
It’s three and easy for visitors to the Peak District National Park, following the delivery of four new lightweight tricycles at Parsley Hay.
15 October 2014

Milldam Mine granted planning permission
One of the UK’s last remaining fluorspar mines has been given planning permission to carry on working until 2028.
15 October 2014

Half term fun in the Peak District
Make the most of the half term holiday with a packed programme of family events in the Peak District National Park.
15 October 2014

Science in the Peak District
Discover what makes the Peak District National Park such a special place at two fun science events this autumn.
15 October 2014

Peak District group shortlisted for UK National Parks Volunteer Awards 2014
A Peak District youth group has been shortlisted for a national award for their voluntary work.
17 October 2014

Parishes keen to keep villages vibrant
Parish councillors from across the Peak District National Park met with national park planners on Saturday (October 18) for a day devoted to current issues.
20 October 2014

High Peak Trail work completed
Work to improve nearly two kilometres of the High Peak Trail at Friden has been completed.
28 October 2014

Volunteers and rangers lead war on litter
Rangers from the Peak District National Park joined forces with volunteers, schools and community groups for a Big Tidy Up.
28 October 2014

Bringing back Peak District woodlands brings community together in a new book
A project to encourage people to love and restore their local woodlands is celebrating the end of its third year with a fascinating spin-off – the publication of a book.
29 October 2014

Peak District is first national park to go live on Google Street View
People can now take a tour of the Peak District National Park from the comfort of their own home.
6 November 2014

Village proud of iconic boundary millstone
The first Peak District National Park millstone boundary marker to be installed for more than 25 years is now in place at Dunford Bridge.
10 November 2014

Plans put affordable housing at 'serious risk'
England’s ten National Parks have expressed their concern at Government proposals that put at risk their ability to achieve more affordable housing.
11 November 2014

Dore takes another step towards its first neighbourhood plan
A neighbourhood forum and area have been formally created for Dore, following decisions by Sheffield City Council and the Peak District National Park Authority.
14 November 2014

Landmark decision on solar panels in Peak District National Park
National Park planners have given permission for an array of 600 solar panels to be installed on the ground at a Peak District farm.
14 November 2014

£2.5m Heritage Lottery Fund boost for Peak District
The South West Peak Landscape Partnership has received an earmarked grant of £2.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Landscape at a Crossroads project.
17 November 2014

New book of stories from the Peak District
A writing group has published a collection of short stories inspired by the Peak District, thanks to support from the Peak District National Park Authority.
18 November 2014

MBE awarded to former Peak District National Park member
Christopher Pennell, a former member and committee chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, has received an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
21 November 2014

New information panels help people enjoy the National Park
Two colourful, informative panels have been installed at Peak District viewpoints to help people enjoy the landscape and local history of the national park.
4 December 2014

Exhibition reveals natural beauty of the Peak District in winter
Images of snow-covered Peak District landscapes by local professional photographers are on show at Bakewell visitor centre.
4 December 2014

National Park plans to address further budget reductions
More savings and increased income are to be made by the Peak District National Park Authority to cope with an expected further decrease in its budget.
5 December 2014

New chief executive announced for Peak District National Park
The Peak District National Park Authority has appointed Sarah Fowler, a senior official from the Environment Agency, as its new chief executive.
12 December 2014

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