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2016 press releases

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Book online for ranger events
It has never been easier to work off the festive excess by exploring the Peak District National Park with the people who know it best.
4 January 2016

Volunteer project wins top award
A Peak District project that helps people to improve their employment and life skills has won a UK National Parks Volunteer Award.
6 January 2016

Blessed gives his blessing to Walk in the Park
Actor and adventurer Brian Blessed is backing a pioneering family-friendly walk this summer to help care for the Peak District National Park’s traffic-free trails?
28 January 2016

A new year of new access
Ramblers groups and campaigners have donated more than £1,300 to help improve access to land in the Peak District National Park.
1 February 2016

Step into spring with National Park Rangers
Need fresh air and exercise? Take a walk in the Peak District with a National Park ranger and discover great routes in naturally beautiful surroundings.
5 February 2016

20p charge for Dovedale toilets
A 20p charge to use the toilets in Dovedale is being introduced to help play for cleaning and maintenance and to keep the facilities open.
10 February 2016

New Stanage Pole to mark 65 years of Peak District National Park
Stanage Pole will be replaced on Sunday 17 April in a special ceremony in honour of the Peak District National Park’s 65th anniversary.
16 February 2016

Prize winning photo of moorland bird took four years to capture
With piercing yellow eyes, the short-eared owl alights for the briefest of moments on a fencepost as golden evening sunlight bathes the moorland.
17 February 2016

Dog owners asked to keep pets on short leads in countryside
Dog owners are urged to keep their pets on short leads to protect wildlife in the Peak District National Park.
1 March 2016

Navigate your way to moor fun in the Peak District National Park
Getting to grips with maps and compasses is the subject of a series of events for people who want to learn or improve their map reading and navigation skills before heading out to the hills, dales and moors.
11 March 2016

How restored moorlands can cut flood risk
Peak District National Park chief executive Sarah Fowler is highlighting the vital role restored moorlands can play in reducing flood risk, improving water quality and storing carbon.
15 March 2016

Peak District National Park celebrates 50 years of holding European Award
The Peak District National Park is celebrating holding the European Diploma for Protected Areas for 50 years.
17 March 2016

Every schoolchild will get chance to visit National Park
Every schoolchild in England will have the chance to visit a National Park at each stage of their education under plans announced by Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss.
23 March 2016

Peak District Hall event to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth
Historic North Lees Hall near Hathersage is to open its doors to the public to mark the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth.
8 April 2016

Britain’s first national park peaks ‘naturally stunning’ list
The Peak District National Park’s hills have been voted number one in a survey by National Express.
15 April 2016

Stanage Pole replaced on Peak District's 65th anniversary
Stanage Pole has been replaced in a ceremony celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Peak District National Park.
18 April 2016

Help us to protect the Monsal Trail's Victorian heritage
Work to safeguard the future of some of the Peak District National Park’s imposing Victorian viaducts and bridges will begin next week.
25 April 2016

Partnership awarded for one of the best EU-funded nature conservation projects in Europe
A large-scale nature conservation project delivered by the Moors for the Future Partnership has been recognised as one of the most effective and inspiring in the EU.
27 April 2016

Our position on the illegal persecution of birds of prey
There has been a great deal of comment on social media regarding the illegal persecution of birds of prey in the Peak District National Park.
27 April 2016

Public supports business backing for National Parks
Nearly half of people surveyed on the future of the UK’s National Parks are concerned they will deteriorate if funding levels are reduced in the future, while 85% say their perception of a large company would improve if it provided them with support.
9 May 2016

Peak District chief rides charity cycle trail
Peak District National Park chief executive Sarah Fowler is tackling the Eroica Britannia cycle challenge to help more people enjoy the National Park’s trails.
11 May 2016

Peak District Photography Gallery welcomes Kate Bellis’s New Exhibition
The daily experiences of local communities, farming and family life in the Derbyshire hills are in the spotlight of the latest photography exhibition to come to Bakewell Visitor Centre.
11 May 2016

Kinder footpath target reached
Supporters have reached a £10,000 fundraising target to help repair a damaged stretch of footpath on Kinder Scout in the Peak District National Park.
24 May 2016

Celebrate 45 years of the Tissington Trail
Discover the wonders of the Peak District National Park’s Tissington Trail on a free guided anniversary cycle ride next month.
25 May 2016

'Shining example' of Peak District volunteers
Peak District National Park chief executive Sarah Fowler has paid tribute to the hundreds of volunteers who donate their time, enthusiasm and expertise to the UK’s first National Park.
1 June 2016

Tarmac backing conservation in Peak District
Construction giant Tarmac is stepping up to provide much-needed funding to help the Peak District National Park employ a new member of staff to support its conservation volunteering programme.
13 June 2016

Outdoor learning's a winner
The Peak District National Park’s Learning and Discovery team has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.
14 June 2016

Landscape protection wins the day at Backdale Quarry
The long-running uncertainty over Backdale Quarry at Longstone Edge has ended in success for Peak District National Park landscape protectors.
16 June 2016

55 new houses to be built in Peak District National Park
Plans to demolish industrial buildings at a site in Bradwell and build 55 houses have been unanimously approved by the Peak District National Park’s planning committee.
20 June 2016

Help shape plans to bury overhead power lines
Local residents are being invited to help develop plans which could see a section of overhead line in the Peak District National Park removed and replaced with electric power lines buried underground.
4 July 2016

Woodland beauty revealed in new photography exhibition
A new exhibition by landscape photographer Doug Chinnery is set to inspire people to look again at their favourite woodlands.
5 July 2016

Adventures for the Non-adventurous and Adventurous Alike
National Parks Week, the annual celebration of Britain's breathing spaces, is all set to take place between Monday July 25 and Sunday July 31, and this year the theme is ‘adventure’.
13 July 2016

Nominate your National Park heroes
UK National Parks are calling for nominations to the Volunteer Awards 2016.
14 July 2016

New children's adventure book launched for National Parks Week
Today (July 25) marks the beginning of National Parks Week, the UK National Park family's annual celebration of Britain's breathing spaces. Running until Sunday, this year's National Parks Week theme is ‘adventure’.
25 July 2016

Many hands make light work on the Trans Pennine Trail
Over 60 volunteers from National Grid rolled up their sleeves today and got stuck in to a series of tasks to help tidy up the Trans Pennine Trail ahead of the busy summer walking season.
3 August 2016

Bogtastic Family Fun Day at Longshaw and the Eastern Moors!
We think Bogs are fantastic! Delve into the amazing bogs and moorlands of the Peak District National Park. Join us at our Bogtastic Family Fun Day on Wednesday August 17, from 10.30am to 3.30pm.
5 August 2016

Peak District backs ride for change
The Peak District National Park was delighted to support the Accessible Derbyshire charity as it marked the first national Changing Places Day with a marathon wheelchair challenge from Cromford to Chesterfield.
10 August 2016

Chatsworth Estate receives Peak District environmental seal of approval
Chatsworth Estate has been awarded the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark (PDEQM) by the Peak District National Park for its sustainable ways of working.
12 August 2016

North Lees Hall Heritage Open Weekend
Historic North Lees Hall near Hathersage is to open its doors to the public on the weekend of September 10 and 11.
25 August 2016

Work begins on €16 million project to transform moorland
Conservation work is now underway as part of MoorLIFE 2020. After months of preparations and surveying the first work that will help protect and transform moorlands across the South Pennines and the Peak District National Park is underway.
1 September 2016

Disabled Ramblers celebrate Peak District access
Outdoor enthusiasts from across England and Wales have been taking advantage of work to help make the Peak District National Park more accessible.
5 September 2016

Peak District scheme moves closer to £2.4m Heritage Lottery Fund boost
The South West Peak Landscape Partnership has completed its first phase and has submitted final plans for the Landscape at a Crossroads scheme in the second round of a bidding process from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
7 September 2016

Green light for new camping pods is good news for people with disabilities
Peak District planners have given the go ahead for an accessible camping pod to be installed at North Lees campsite, near Hathersage.
9 September 2016

Peregrine falcon shot in Peak District
Police have launched an investigation after a young peregrine falcon died after being shot in the Peak District National Park.
14 September 2016

Businesses invited to take 5 steps to be better and greener
People who run businesses that support the Peak District National Park’s environment and heritage are invited to a networking event at Chatsworth on Tuesday September 27.
15 September 2016

20 years of fighting Peak District wildfires
A group created to help protect the Peak District from damaging wildfires is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
26 September 2016

Autumn gold in the Peak District
Make the most of autumn’s breathtaking colours in the Peak District National Park.
4 October 2016

Nature survey launched to track the pace of autumn
A major citizen science study is being launched in the Peak District and South Pennines area to gather information about the arrival of autumn.
5 October 2016

Edale visitor centre closed at half term
Edale visitor centre will be closed Monday-Friday during the half-term holiday (24-28 October) due to ongoing roof repairs. It will remain open at weekends.
18 October 2016

£5k boost to Miles without Stiles
Yorkshire Water is giving £5,000 to the Peak District National Park to produce a guide to countryside routes suitable for people with mobility issues.
18 October 2016

New footpath lets walkers follow in the footsteps of the past
Rossendale stone quarried from the uplands of the south Pennines during the industrial revolution has returned to protect eroded areas of the Peak District National Park.
20 October 2016

Peak District National Park wins top award for accessibility
The Peak District National Park has been named ‘Organisation of the Year’ by Accessible Derbyshire.
21 October 2016

Ringing Roger path repairs are scheduled for November
Work to repair a damaged stretch of footpath on Kinder Scout, in Britain’s first national park, is about to begin after supporters donated more than £17,000.
27 October 2016

Peak tourism economy still on the up
Tourism in the Peak District and Derbyshire generated almost £2 billion in 2015. New research shows that visitor numbers rose by 2.9 per cent to reach 39.9 million, and spending by both day and staying visitors was up overall by 2.9 per cent, at £1.48 billion.
1 November 2016

Snap up a top prize in our photo competition
Amateur photographers are being encouraged to enter a national photography competition to be in with a chance of winning a digital camera or a high resolution bird box camera system.
3 November 2016

Get up to date with the past at Peak District and Derbyshire Archaeology Day
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 2017.
4 November 2016

Brosterfield drop-in session
Local residents have the opportunity to find out more about proposals for the future of a caravan and camping site near the Peak District village of Foolow.
7 November 2016

Improving the Tissington Trail
Work to resurface and widen part of the Tissington Trail will begin on Thursday (10 November).
8 November 2016

Praise for Peak District paths
The Peak District National Park has been praised following the biggest-ever survey of the nation’s footpaths, bridleways and byways.
15 November 2016

Have your say on Peak District planning
People can have their say on future planning policies in the Peak District National Park as part of a new consultation.
21 November 2016

Innovative reintroduction of Sphagnum mosses vital to restoration of upland peatbogs
The plant that formed the blanket bogs of the Peak District is being reintroduced on a scale never seen before in the UK.
30 November 2016

£2.4m funding boost for Peak District's 'hidden gem'
One of the Peak District’s ‘hidden gems’ is celebrating the award of a £2.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
1 December 2016

Peak District paths are enjoyed by visually impaired walkers
Visually impaired walkers from across the UK are discovering that the paths and trails in the Peak District – Britain’s first National Park – offer adventure as well as being accessible.
2 December 2016

State of Nature in the Peak District – report live online now
The wildlife of the Peak District is fundamental to the local economy and people’s welfare – is an important conclusion in the new State of Nature in the Peak District report.
2 December 2016

Prosecution leads to £20,000 fine for damaging trees in the Peak District National Park
A Sheffield man has been prosecuted for removing and damaging trees in the Froggatt Conservation Area.
9 December 2016

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