Green fields highlighted by sunrays through heavy clouds from Curbar Edge

White Peak Vision

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The White Peak Partnership launched it's 25 year vision in 2018.

'A limestone landscape revitalised...

Working with nature, people have revitalised the White Peak enhancing its unique natural and cultural heritage.

Farming, business and communities work in harmony for a landscape that is healthy, fit for the future and for all to enjoy responsibly.

The networks of special habitats, wildlife and access are enhanced, enlarged and linked up, providing vital connected corridors across the landscape.

Links to the past and layers of landscape above and below ground are valued and conserved.

Sustainable land management is an integral part of this limestone landscape producing high quality food and delivering a full range of public goods including clean water.'

A White Peak Partnership and 25 year vision - why now?

The White Peak is a special landscape with a wide range of people working to care for and protect it. Yet it's habitats are some of the most fragmented within an English national park1. The rich natural and cultural heritage of the White Peak is at risk from further changes in agriculture and land management, increasing recreational pressure and climate change.

Uncertainty around future policies and support is leading farmers to consider different options for a sustainable and resilient farm business. Land in agri-environment schemes in the White Peak fell from 80% in 2015 to 50% in 2017. It is unclear how Brexit will impact future land management, however, clear goals have been set out in the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan.

People are increasingly aware that landscape is more than just the view; it provides a wide range of essential public goods. Now is the crucial opportunity for those who live, work in and visit the White Peak to work in partnership, not just to meet individual objectives but to achieve the wider common vision.

The full background document for the White Peak vision can be found here.

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