2021 press releases
Archived press releases may not reflect current Authority policy or practice.
Derbyshire poet creates ‘audio odyssey’ to celebrate the Peak District National Park
A Derbyshire poet is releasing the second chapter of an ‘audio artwork’ celebrating this year’s 70th Anniversary of the Peak District National Park (PDNP).
7 January 2021
Peak District Lee’s quarter-of-a-tonne lockdown litter pick
When Hulme End resident Lee Spensley set out to take on a regular local litter peak a year ago, he couldn’t have anticipated the difference his efforts would make 12 months on.
3 February 2021
Looking for Peak District heroes! Opportunity for National Park projects to win national recognition
Projects to protect or enhance the Peak District National Park have the chance to win a £1,000 prize award to help their work.
4 February 2021
Restoration works on the iconic Great Ridge due to start
Separating Edale from Castleton, and the limestone of the White Peak from the millstone grit of the Dark Peak, the Great Ridge straddles the heart of the Peak District and provides a fantastic ridge walk. The path, which is extremely popular with walkers with stunning views of the Hope Valley, is badly eroded by footfall and the elements, is in need of repair.
4 March 2021
Encouraging year for peregrines in Peak District uplands
The Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative has published its 2020 final report, showing encouraging breeding successes for several bird of prey species in moorland areas of the Peak District, thanks to collaboration between landowners, gamekeepers and raptor workers during COVID-19.
15 March 2021
One month to go! The Peak District celebrates its 70th birthday
Seventy years ago this year the Peak District National Park became the UK’s original national park, designated on 17 April, 1951.
18 March 2021
Launch of Audio Chapter Kinder Scout - Voices From The Peak
The third chapter of Voices From The Peak audio artwork is being released on Saturday 24 April to mark the 70th anniversary of the Peak District National Park.
23 April 2021
Record numbers enjoy Peak District countryside as Monsal Trail celebrates milestone birthday
25th May 2021 marks the 10th anniversary since the opening of four Victorian former railway tunnels to create a continuous 8.5-mile traffic-free trail through some of the Peak District's most spectacular limestone dales.
24 May 2021
From hill to mill and back, the story of the Great Ridge restoration
The dramatic skyline of the Great Ridge walk connects the summits of Lose Hill and Mam Tor in Derbyshire’s Hope Valley. Separating the gritstone edges of the Dark Peak from the lighter limestone of the White Peak, the ridge walk offers near panoramic views across the Peak District.
10 June 2021
National Park visitors urged to have a safe and sustainable solstice celebration
Cultural heritage experts from the Peak District National Park, local authorities, landowners and the emergency services have come together to call for responsible visiting to heritage locations within the Peak District during the summer solstice.
16 June 2021
New funding package launched for Peak District farmers looking to the future
Farmers in the Peak District National Park will be able to benefit from a new grants programme from 1 July, with more than £1.2 million available locally this year (2021).
24 June 2021
Tree safety work starts Monday 28 June on Tissington Trail
Contractors for the Peak District National Park Authority will be carrying out ash dieback tree safety work on the Tissington Trail from Monday 28 June, for four weeks.
24 June 2021
Statement on an enforcement notice against works at Thornbridge Hall & Gardens undertaken without planning permission
The enforcement case concerns the erection of a substantial wooden building (currently in use as a café) and construction of a tarmac-surfaced car park and associated driveway. These matters do not relate to Thornbridge Hall itself, which is unaffected by this enforcement notice.
5 July 2021
Hope Valley Explorer seasonal bus returns to Peak District for 2021
Following a successful pilot season in 2019, the service was paused during the Covid-19 restrictions of 2020 but will now operate from 24 July to 30 October this year.
20 July 2021
Statement on proposals for reinstatement of an active railway line on the route of the Monsal Trail
The National Park Authority is aware that organisations including Manchester & East Midlands Rail Action Partnership (MEMRAP) have developed proposals, and are campaigning for the reinstatement of an active railway line on the route now known as the Monsal Trail.
23 July 2021
New litter picking kits help visitors to look after the Peak District National Park
Litter picking kits can now be borrowed from two Peak District visitor centres. The kits - containing a picking guide, bags, a hi-vis jacket and a litter picker - are currently available from Castleton and Bakewell visitor centres on a free day-hire basis.
15 September 2021
Statement: Appeal decision, 'Midhope Track'
The Peak District National Park Authority has welcomed a decision by the Planning Inspectorate to uphold an enforcement notice against a geotextile track installed on Midhope Moor, approximately 18km north-west of Sheffield and 3.5km south of Langsett.
17 November 2021
Peak District National Park Authority chief executive to step down and take on role at Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Sarah Fowler, chief executive at the Peak District National Park Authority is to leave her role at the Authority after seven years to take up a position as chief executive at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, the UK's leading wetland conservation charity.
6 December 2021
Statement on an enforcement notice against works at Thornbridge Hall & Gardens
An appeal has now been lodged by the landowner against the enforcement notice.
13 December 2021
Restoring the UK’s carbon sinks: new study spells good news for peatlands
A recent study has demonstrated a new way of restoring peatlands. A major store of carbon, restoring damaged peatlands represents a significant part of the UK’s plans to reduce the nation’s carbon emissions and mitigate climate change. The recommended target set by the Committee on Climate Change is to restore at least 180,000 hectares of peat by 2050 as a contribution to mitigating climate change and securing the government target to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions by 2025.
16 December 2021
Voices From The Peak presents new video: Snow!
A seasonal new video titled Snow! featuring a montage of rarely seen photographs of past winters in Derbyshire’s Peak District has been launched online today (30 December, 2021).
30 December 2021