Peak District National Park Foundation raises £130,000 to support park's conservation and engagement projects

A charity’s target of raising £70,000 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Peak District National Park has been smashed by almost double that amount.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 2:30 pm
Peak District National Park Foundation has raised £130,000 to celebrate the park's 70th anniversary.
Peak District National Park Foundation has raised £130,000 to celebrate the park's 70th anniversary.

The Peak District National Park Foundation has amassed £130,000 in its first fundraiser for the park, with the money already supporting several conservation and engagement projects. These include Moors for the Future moorland restoration, conservation work on the Monsal and Tissington trails, woodland restructuring at Stanage North Lees to improve bird habitats, conservation work in the South West Peak and access work with Miles Without Stiles.

Launched two years ago, the foundation has kitted out Junior Rangers, funded Fit for Work, which helps offenders on licence to develop conservation skills, and supported Peak District Mosaic to make the National Park more accessible to BAME communities.

Some of these projects will be showcased in the #70kfor70 video from the foundation which will premiere across its social media channels on April 16.

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Higger Tor. Photo by Phil Sproson Photography.

The money was raised through donations from individuals and at Peak District visitor centres, grants from trusts and foundations, events such as Chatsworth Country Fair and Sheffield Adventure Film Festival and corporate support.

Jen Lowthrop, who chairs the foundation, said: “We’re thrilled with the amazing support we’ve received throughout our #70kfor70 campaign. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us reach our first major fundraising target and more.

“The Peak District National Park’s 70th birthday is a time to reflect and there’s lots to celebrate. Without the protections of a National Park designation, the Peak District would look very different but there is still much more to do. Our National Park is facing massive challenges, but with your help we can help combat climate change, support nature recovery, maintain our heritage and habitats and ensure the National Park is accessible and welcoming to all.

“From monthly donations to becoming a Peak Partner business to taking on a fundraising challenge, together we can realise our vision of a National Park enjoyed and conserved by everyone.”

Visit www.peakdistrictfoundation.org.uk/support-us/ to find out how you can help.