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2023 press releases

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

Novel 'prescription for nature' launches in Derbyshire
Health professionals in Derbyshire have become the first in England to use RSPB Nature Prescriptions to boost health and wellbeing.
4 January 2023

Tree felling in Taddington Dale alongside the A6 road
Contractors working for the Peak District National Park Authority will be removing diseased ash trees from Taddington Dale, alongside the A6 road, at the end of January into February.
13 January 2023

Bold ambitions for Peak District transport backed at Buxton event
Quieter roads, well-used bus networks and more walking and cycling opportunities were among the topics discussed at a roundtable event in Buxton held to consider new approaches to sustainable travel in the Peak District.
2 February 2023

Join the Peak District Mosaic team – trustee opportunities
Peak District Mosaic is looking for individuals to be part of the trustee team that is passionate about providing opportunities for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities to engage with the Peak District National Park.
2 February 2023

Walks with National Park Rangers help people explore more
People who want to explore more of the Peak District National Park are being encouraged to take a guided walk with the National Park Rangers.
8 February 2023

New funding unlocks National Park access improvements
Upgraded trail routes, industry-leading mobility equipment and more Miles without Stiles trails are all part of a £130,000 programme to improve accessibility in the Peak District.
8 February 2023

Statement on Organisational Restructure at the Peak District National Park Authority
A Peak District National Park Authority spokesperson said: “With a long-standing ‘flat cash’ government grant settlement that is also expected to continue for the next two years, coupled with the organisation-wide impact of unprecedented levels of inflation, the Peak District National Park Authority is currently reviewing its operational structure.
10 February 2023

Family-friendly events at Bakewell Visitor Centre during half-term and more
People calling in at Bakewell Visitor Centre over the half-term holidays and beyond are invited to enjoy two free exhibitions.
15 February 2023

Top award for Peak District National Park apprentice
Business admin student Amy Brittain-Cartlidge has scooped the Apprentice of the Year award from Buxton & Leek College.
6 March 2023

Pics show Blue Peter presenter's first challenge for TV in Peak District - exclusive
Iconic children’s show Blue Peter has welcomed its newest presenter in an adrenaline-fuelled challenge in the Peak District National Park, as exclusive pictures show.
8 March 2023

‘New Life brought to an Old Industrial Site’ Peak District National Park Affordable Housing Scheme Wins National Award
A newly-completed housing scheme, providing affordable rental homes in the heart of the Peak District National Park, has won national recognition for its contribution to local housing needs and land regeneration in a National Park community.
15 March 2023

US conservationists head to Peak District to discover more on ‘30by30’ ambitions
A delegation of representatives from across the United States joined Peak District teams to learn more about international conservation ambitions for ‘30by30’.
16 March 2023

Statement on the planning inspector’s decision regarding development at Thornbridge Hall & Gardens
As a National Park Authority and planning authority, we respect the decision made by the planning inspector and acknowledge the reasoning set out in the decision notice. We are now taking the time to assess the full implications.
23 March 2023

Ranger-led mindful walks help boost health and well-being
Discover how walking in nature in the Peak District National Park can benefit your health and well-being on guided walks with the National Park rangers.
12 April 2023

PhD opportunity to study Philosophy and Landscape Change in the Peak District National Park
The Peak District National Park Authority, with the Philosophy Department at the University of Sheffield, is offering a PhD studentship in Understanding Landscape Change.
13 April 2023

Walks for All aim to improve people’s health in the Peak District National Park
People who need help getting started with going out for a walk are being encouraged to join the new Walks for All programme.
19 April 2023

Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative to close as persecution cases continue
The Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative is to close, with differing views among the group's stakeholders and continued cases of persecution within the region leading to the initiative 'no longer being able to deliver meaningful change' - according to the National Park Authority, convenors of the initiative.
24 April 2023

Statement on organisational restructure at the Peak District National Park Authority
The Peak District National Park Authority has confirmed that a process of staff consultation will begin on 4 May 2023 following the approval of a series of formal proposals presented to Members of the Authority on 28 April regarding an organisational restructure.
3 May 2023

Consultation confirmed as National Park Authority presents formal proposals for operational changes
The Peak District National Park Authority has confirmed that an internal workforce consultation process has begun after Members of the Authority approved a series of formal proposals as part of an organisational restructure at the Authority (28 April).
5 May 2023

National Park Protector Awards are back – recognising and rewarding the people who protect National Parks in England and Wales
Campaign for National Parks (CNP) has launched its search for individuals and groups who are working for a future where nature and people can thrive in our National Parks.
10 May 2023

Closure proposals paused for National Park visitor centres
The Peak District National Park Authority has confirmed that a consultation process for staff based at the Authority's four visitor centres has been paused following an offer of operational funding support for up to three years from an external donor.
6 June 2023

More than 360 Peak District farmers in programme to support nature and sustainable farming
New figures show that 362 farmers and land managers in the Peak District National Park are involved in projects in the Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) programme.
21 June 2023

Peak District National Park Authority announces Ken Smith new chair
The Peak District National Park Authority has announced a new chair, following its Annual General Meeting held on Friday 7 July.
10 July 2023

Peak District National Park Authority confirms approval for restructure proposals
A series of organisational restructure proposals aimed at ensuring the Peak District National Authority can be financially resilient in the face of continued real terms cuts to its central government grant have been approved by Members of the Authority (28 July).
28 July 2023

Doctor’s Gate bridleway is saved from being a ‘Bog of Doom’
Repairs to a site on Doctor’s Gate – a bridleway in the north west of the Peak District National Park, near Glossop – have been completed.
4 August 2023

Historic limekilns are set to steal the limelight for Heritage Open Days in the Peak District National Park
Two limekilns, one recently restored at Minninglow and one as yet unrestored at Butterton in the Peak District National Park, will be open to the public on four days in September as part of the Heritage Open Days 2023 scheme.
24 August 2023

Nature is being prescribed to help Derbyshire Dales patients
Following being successfully introduced in the High Peak, Nature Prescriptions are now being prescribed by health professionals in the Derbyshire Dales.
22 September 2023

Three new audio chapters of Voices from the Peak and a tour
This October, Derbyshire poet Mark Gwynne Jones is set to release three new audio chapters of his popular series Voices from the Peak, and will be performing his award-winning one-man show Voices from the Peak – Live!.
25 September 2023

New exhibition charts the story of discovering the past in a Peak District valley
A fascinating new exhibition called ‘Finding Whitle’ opens today in Leek.
28 September 2023

Statement from the Peak District National Park Authority on planning performance designation
Following confirmation from the Minister for Housing & Planning that the Authority’s planning service is no longer at risk of designation, chief executive Phil Mulligan said: “We warmly welcome the Minister’s recognition of the hard work undertaken across more than a year to achieve figures for our planning responses that have now routinely exceeded the thresholds expected by government. Indeed, our most recent reporting quarter saw us reach an 85% response rate against the 70% requirement.
6 October 2023

New National Park pay and display locations to go live
The Peak District National Park Authority has confirmed that pay and display charges will soon apply at an additional 13 of its car park locations, with payment machines going live from the first week of November (2023).
26 October 2023

Tree safety work starts Monday 6 November on Tissington Trail
Ash dieback tree safety work will be carried out on the Tissington Trail from 6 November to 22 December 2023.
6 November 2023

Double celebration as local green businesses receive recognition at Peak District environmental award scheme’s 20th anniversary event
Businesses which support their local community, economy and environment were honoured at an extra special Peak District awards ceremony.
9 November 2023

Sarah Dines MP and National Park CEO Phil Mulligan in conversation on a range of local Derbyshire Dales issues
Derbyshire Dales MP Sarah Dines met with Peak District National Park chief executive, Phil Mulligan to discuss a range of issues affecting local residents and constituents.
23 November 2023

Recent discoveries in Derbyshire and the Peak District to be revealed at the annual Archaeology Day
Some of the Peak District and Derbyshire’s most fascinating recent archaeological discoveries and research are to be revealed at the annual Derbyshire Archaeology Day.
23 November 2023

Historic water tank structure is restored to its former glory in a Peak District village
A Victorian structure that has stood for more than 140 years in a village near Bakewell has been restored by the landowner in partnership with the Peak District National Park.
13 December 2023

Peak District National Park Authority confirms removal of unauthorised works at Cressbrook Dale
A large tipi and a car parking area containing plastic matting filled with stone has been removed by the Peak District National Park Authority following failure by the landowner to comply with an enforcement notice.
14 December 2023

Accessible Castleton - giving visitors extra help to enjoy popular Peak District village
Visitors have extra help to explore and enjoy one of the Peak District's most popular villages, thanks to a new accessibility initiative.
19 December 2023

Peak District National Park pioneers using Artificial Intelligence to monitor the landscape
The Peak District National Park has partnered with Cranfield University and the Alan Turing Institute to pioneer the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to produce highly detailed land cover maps from aerial photographs of habitats and species.
20 December 2023

County-wide historic landscape award for restoration of a Peak District lime kiln
A recently restored nineteenth century lime kiln located in the heart of the Peak District National Park countryside has won an architecture award from the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust.
21 December 2023

Successful support scheme for farmers to benefit climate, nature, people and place in the Peak District’s special landscape is extended for one more year
Farmers and land managers in the Peak District National Park are being encouraged to continue to apply for funding to support landscape enhancement, access and conservation work through the Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) programme.
22 December 2023

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