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2019 press releases

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

Happy trails – half a million visits to Peak District routes
Trails providing a range of opportunities in the Peak District National Park are playing host to more than half a million visits each year from walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Data revealed by the National Park Authority recorded 519,000 visits across key routes including the Monsal Trail, Tissington, Manifold and High Peak trails.
7 January 2019

Miles without Stiles – the easy way to enjoy the Peak District National Park
The Peak District National Park’s most accessible routes are highlighted in a new book, Miles without Stiles. The guide introduces 20 routes, showcasing some of the Peak District’s finest landscapes. It contains clear maps and descriptions along with striking photography.
11 February 2019

Calling Junior Rangers!
Exciting new opportunities are beckoning for young people keen to look after the Peak District National Park by becoming junior rangers. We are looking for young people, aged between 11 and 18, to join groups at Marsh Farm near Tittesworth Reservoir, Longdendale near Glossop and our new group at Langsett, South Yorkshire. We also have groups at Millers Dale and Edale.
13 February 2019

Cultural Heritage Spring Lecture Series brought to you by the South West Peak Landscape Partnership
What better way to spend an evening than learning about fire, foxholes, bullets and barrows? Or how about hearing tales of Anglo Saxons in the Staffordshire Moorlands? You can learn about these topics - and many others - during a spring lecture series on cultural heritage, from renowned speakers, at Buxton’s Devonshire Dome. Tickets cost £5 and all proceeds go towards South West Peak Landscape Partnership’s Small Heritage Adoption and Barns & Buildings projects.
26 February 2019

National Park urges care over wild fires following major blaze
The Peak District National Park is asking visitors to be ‘fire aware’ after a period of unseasonably warm weather, and recent wild fires.
27 February 2019

England’s National Parks receive ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award by VisitEngland at London ceremony
A tourism programme aimed at telling the stories of England’s National Parks to new international audiences has received one of the country’s top tourism accolades.
13 March 2019

Pedalling the Parks – Peak District manager tackles epic 1600-mile cycle ride across the UK’s most treasured landscapes
Intrepid Lorna Fisher is gearing up for an epic 1658-mile cycle ride – taking in all 15 UK national parks in just two weeks.
14 March 2019

New single car parking permit for Peak District National Park - enforcement aims to reduce misuse of spaces
A system of varied car parking permits for Peak District National Park Authority-owned pay and display car parks has now been replaced by a single, £40 annual permit. The new permit coincides with pay and display enforcement, which will take place from 8th April.
26 March 2019

Upstream Thinking for Cleaner Water
A significant funding boost to the Upper Dove area will help deliver improved water quality.
27 March 2019

Cycle of success
The Peak District is now more cycle-friendly than ever after two years of work with local businesses to raise awareness of how to boost cycling tourism. Since December 2016, the Pedal Peak for Business project (led by the Peak District National Park and supported by Derbyshire Dales District Council and Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire) has been helping businesses to welcome cyclists, developing a cycle tourism toolkit to identify cyclists’ needs and attract the cycling market.
27 March 2019

Prosecution after alterations harm historic character of Grade II listed building in Peak District National Park
A married couple and a joiner have been prosecuted by the Peak District National Park Authority after making unauthorised alterations to a building dating back to the 17th century. Christopher and Sarah Gillott, of Hurds Hollow, Matlock, pleaded guilty at Chesterfield Magistrates Court to five charges relating to their former home, The Lodge - a Grade II listed building within the conservation area of Winster. Joiner Simon Mcloughlin, of Greenhill, Wirksworth, also admitted five charges.
2 April 2019

Discover National Parks fortnight kicks off this weekend
This Saturday (6 April) marks the start of Discover National Parks Fortnight – a two-week celebration across the UK with events and experiences running throughout the Easter holidays to inspire people of all ages and interests to go outside and explore and learn more about these special places.
5 April 2019

School-age people are invited to take environmental action in Buxton
Young people aged 13 to 18 years, who want to take part in active conservation and learn more about the wildlife in the Buxton area are invited to become Junior Rangers.
10 April 2019

Trail improvements to take place at Fernilee Reservoir
Soon, visitors to the beautiful Fernilee reservoir in the Goyt Valley will be able to enjoy improved access to the peaceful waterside trail on the east side of the reservoir.
11 April 2019

Lorna’s epic Pedalling the Parks for #70kfor70 starts on Saturday
This Saturday (13 April) sees intrepid Lorna Fisher pedal off on her epic 1658-mile cycle ride – taking in all 15 UK national parks in just two weeks.
11 April 2019

National Park visitors urged to ‘take it home’ as litter and rubbish collection costs hit £37,000 per year
National Park rangers are asking visitors to think twice before leaving litter in the Peak District, as figures estimate more than 60 tonnes of rubbish a year is being removed from some of the most popular locations.
17 April 2019

Applications invited for new members of the Peak District National Park Authority
Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) is inviting applications from individuals to join the Peak District National Park Authority, as Secretary of State members
18 April 2019

Anti-litter heroes invited to ‘Pick and Play’ in the Peak District National Park
Members of the public are invited to help clean up the Peak District National Park in an annual litter picking event.
26 April 2019

Peak District Photography Gallery welcomes Chris Nowell exhibition
An exhibition by visually impaired landscape photographer Chris Nowell is inspiring people to see the Peak District National Park and photography in a new light – as a means of rehabilitation after life’s setbacks.
26 April 2019

Thinking how to be kinder to Kinder
“Think how to be… Kinder.” That was the message of former Pulp frontman and BBC Radio 2 presenter Jarvis Cocker at the Spirit of Kinder Day at Castleton on Saturday (April 27).
3 May 2019

Peak District community groups urged to make a pledge for the planet
Could you plant a bee and insect-friendly garden? Harness power from nature? Reduce your use of plastics? There are so many ways to live a greener lifestyle – and people living in and around the Peak District National Park can learn more in a special event on Saturday 13th July (10am to 4pm).
7 May 2019

Millers Dale station goods shed set for £320,000 restoration
The Peak District National Park Authority have secured a grant of just over £320,000 to fund restoration of the derelict goods shed at Millers Dale station, on the Monsal Trail.
24 May 2019

National campaign will repair two iconic routes in the Peak District National Park
Two of the most popular routes in the Peak District National Park are set to benefit from the results of a year-long national fundraising appeal.
30 May 2019

Recognition for volunteer ranger’s 50 year service
A volunteer ranger has received recognition for 50 years of service to the Peak District National Park.
21 June 2019

‘Pledge, Protect, Connect’ event for the Year of Green Action
Would you like to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle…but not sure where to start? For inspiration, look no further than the Pledge Protect Connect event at the Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow on Saturday 13th July.
26 June 2019

All aboard for the Hope Valley Explorer
A new seasonal bus tour service in the Hope Valley will be launched by the Peak District National Park this month. The Hope Valley Explorer will operate from 21 July to 31 August in this popular area of the Peak District, including links to Chesterfield and the outskirts of Sheffield.
15 July 2019

Little litter pickers help look after the Peak District National Park
Children aged between 2 and 4 years have been learning to look after their local environment with the help of a Peak District National Park ranger.
25 July 2019

Natural England awards grant to provide Building Blocks for a healthy moorland
Moors for the Future Partnership has received a boost to its work to restore the moorlands of the South Pennines, including the Peak District National Park.
31 July 2019

Nominate your National Park heroes
UK National Parks are calling for nominations to the Volunteer Awards 2019.
15 August 2019

Dale Mine Crowdfunder Goes Live!
This week a new project from the South West Peak Landscape Partnership broke ground at the historically fascinating Dale Mine just outside Warslow. This project is directed by Dr Catherine Parker Heath, the South West Peak Cultural Heritage Officer. Catherine also works with and trains enthusiastic volunteers who care passionately about preserving the cultural heritage of the South West Peak.
22 August 2019

Restoration of the old goods shed is underway at Millers Dale station
A restoration project led by the Peak District National Park Authority is carrying out substantial repairs to the structure of an historic former railway building.
27 August 2019

Crayfish in Crisis Find New Homes in the South West Peak
This September saw the human-assisted migration of some of the most important, and most endangered, creatures in the South West Peak.
20 September 2019

Peak District National Park Authority statement in response to the publication of the “Landscapes Review"

21 September 2019

Our 2019 residents survey is in full flow
The Peak District National Park Authority is carrying out a residents survey between 24 September and 19 October 2019. This is part of our regular programme of residents surveys, which we carry out roughly every three years.
30 September 2019

Residents' survey FAQs

30 September 2019

Travelling in the right direction
The Peak District National Park Authority chair, Andrew McCloy, talks about issues surrounding climate change and transport.
8 October 2019

Future Custodians: Young people are working to make the South West Peak a better place for everyone
The first ever South West Peak Countryside Worker Apprentices have completed their 18 month apprenticeships which have seen them working on rural projects in the Peak District National Park.
10 October 2019

Peak District National Park bike hire waste is putting the cycle in recycling
Old inner tubes from the tyres of Peak District National Park hire bikes are being saved from landfill and recycled into new products.
10 October 2019

National Park centre celebrates 20 years of inspiring 60,000 children in nature
A special event is being held to mark twenty years of school visits to Longdendale Environment Centre, and everyone is invited.
11 October 2019

New Peak District Book – The Land That Made Us: The Peak District Farmer’s Story
A new book about farming history in the Peak District, by local writers and photographers Christine Gregory and Sheila Hine, has been published.
17 October 2019

Recognition for volunteer ranger’s 30 years of service
A volunteer ranger has received recognition for 30 years of service to the Peak District National Park.
25 October 2019

Breeding birds surveys – Peak District moorlands
Responding to the Breeding Birds Surveys of the Peak District Moors 1990-2018 report from the Moors for the Future Partnership, Peak District National Park chief executive Sarah Fowler said: “The results from this updated study of moorland birds within the Peak District and South Pennines is a story to be celebrated, and confirms a quiet revolution for our moorlands and a number of threatened species who have seen increases in abundance in excess of 70%.
31 October 2019

Couple ordered to pay £42,000 after alterations harm historic character of Grade II listed building in Peak District National Park
A married couple have been ordered to pay £42,000 in penalties after making unauthorised alterations to a building dating back to the 17th century, in the Derbyshire village of Winster. Christopher and Sarah Gillott, along with joiner Simon Mcloughlin, were sentenced at Derby Crown Court, following a prosecution by the Peak District National Park Authority.
5 November 2019

New archaeology book – Reading the Peak District Landscape
A new book has been launched to help people understand how the Peak District landscape has been shaped over thousands of years by past generations.
15 November 2019

Call for young people to be ‘Fairer for Nature’
Young people and adults from Buxton and Fairfield are being offered the opportunity to do something great for their community, the environment and themselves in a new gardening project.
15 November 2019

Repeated break-ins put Dovedale facilities at risk
The Peak District National Park Authority has warned that a spate of break-ins and thefts from its Dovedale public toilets could put the facility at risk of closure. The public toilets, based at the popular car park at Dovedale between Ilam and Thorpe, recently suffered their fourth incident this year.
19 November 2019

Awards for green Peak District businesses
Businesses which support their local community, economy and environment were honoured at a Peak District awards ceremony and networking event. Six new Environmental Quality Mark awards were presented to Peak District businesses which support and play an active role in their local economy, work to reduce their environmental impact and help to celebrate, conserve and enhance the Peak District National Park.
26 November 2019

Peak District is breath of fresh air for refugees and asylum seekers
Refugees and asylum seekers pulled on their wellies to enjoy their first experience of the Peak District National Park. The visit was organised by Peak District National Park ranger Sally Wheal and colleagues Rob Kenning and Pete Bush, along with Derby-based charity Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity (DRS).
4 December 2019

New National Park ‘Ambassador’ centres are bringing the story of the Peak District to life for the region’s young people
A range of outdoor activity, education and residential centres from around the region have become Peak District National Park ‘Ambassador Centres’.
5 December 2019

First projects receive funding through new Peak District National Park Foundation
Wildlife, hedgerow conservation and hydro electricity projects are the first to benefit from funds through the new Peak District National Park Foundation. Grants have been awarded through the Foundation’s #70kfor70 campaign, which launched during National Parks Week in April.
9 December 2019

Volunteers brave the elements to plant sphagnum moss
A major planting project in the Staffordshire Moorlands will help to improve water quality and create more species-rich moors. Staff and volunteers from the South West Peak Landscape Partnership took part in a week-long sphagnum moss planting project.
16 December 2019

Breeding Birds Surveys – Peak District moorlands, update
The following statement has been released by Moors for the Future Partnership and Natural England, following the publication of bird surveys in October 2019:
20 December 2019

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