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Peak District scheme moves closer to £2.4m Heritage Lottery Fund boost

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 7 September 2016

Three Shires Head in the South West PeakThe 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).

The bid will be assessed by HLF in November to release the earmarked £2.4m HLF grant towards the total programme budget of £4.1m.

If successful, the five year scheme will have 18 projects in five categories:
* supporting farmers and land managers – Future Farmscapes, Future Custodians, Uplands Academy
* natural heritage – Crayfish in Crisis, Glorious Grasslands, Slowing the Flow, Working for Waders
* cultural heritage – Barns & Buildings Conservation, Small Heritage Adoption, Peak Land Lives
* educational, training and skills – Beyond the Classroom, Roaches Gateway, Wild Child
* engagement – Better Outside, Bigger Better & More Connected, Engaging Communities, South West Peak Mosaic, Virtual Visitor Centre.

Cllr Lesley Roberts, who chairs the Peak District National Park, said: “Landscape at a Crossroads is an ambitious scheme with huge potential to make a big difference to people’s lives. Over the last 18 months we have listened to what people say about why the South West Peak matters and worked with partners to develop project ideas that will help farmers, safeguard important habitats and wildlife, protect heritage features, improve water quality, boost rural skills, encourage people to access and enjoy the countryside, and provide volunteering opportunities.

“The South West Peak is a truly unique place and the programme we are all working towards focuses on developing a better understanding of this precious landscape and valuing what it provides for us in order to enhance and protect it into the future.”

The South West Peak extends into three counties: Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire, which meet at Three Shire’s Head in the middle of the area. It features the iconic Roaches gritstone ridge and Axe Edge Moors where the rivers Dove, Manifold, Goyt, Dane and Wye rise and is home to internationally important breeding birds including short-eared owl, merlin and golden plover.

HLF’s Landscape Partnerships bring together members of the community as well as local, regional, and national organisations to deliver schemes which benefit outstanding landscapes and rural communities.

The South West Peak Landscape Partnership is led by the Peak District National Park and includes the following partners: Cheshire East Council, Cheshire and Staffordshire Wildlife Trusts, Environment Agency, RSPB, The Farming Life Centre, Historic England, Natural England, Nature Peak District, Severn Trent Water, Staffordshire County Council, Support Staffordshire (Staffordshire Moorlands) and United Utilities.

For more information visit www.southwestpeak.co.uk.

This is an archived press release

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