April to June 2011


Monsal Trail

Our Diamond Dawdle charity walk is a fantastic success. Over 150 walkers meet at Thornbridge Hall in glorious sunshine to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Peak District National Park. We raise £5,500 towards our vital work protecting landscapes today.


We support revised plans for eight new homes for local people in Youlgrave. They have some brilliant green design features, and the design fits the character of the National Park and we are pleased when they get planning permission.


We’re delighted when our president Julia Bradbury joins us at the launch of the Peak District 2011 Walking Festival.


The long running saga of the Riverside development continues with another set of updated plans. We want to see the scheme approved but with more affordable homes and renewable energy design and technology, but are disappointed when the National Park Authority refuses planning permission again.



Peak District National Park

We attend the Examination in Public of the National Park Authority’s Core Strategy and try to persuade it to have a more positive policy towards renewable energy.

Cowdale, Buxton

We object to updated plans for a water bottling factory at Cowdale Quarry near Buxton. They're barely any different from the last set of plans, and the factory would still be in the wrong place.


Early music chamber choir Renaissance Voices hold a successful fundraising concert for us at the beautiful St Peter’s Church in the heart of the Chatsworth Estate.

Blacka Moor

Work starts to remove the prominent electricity wires that run right across the middle of Blacka Moor, one of the most loved and iconic Peak District landscapes for Sheffielders.


We're horrified at the Government’s decision to give £18 million of funding to the controversial FARRRS (Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme) project in Doncaster. We say that there is absolutely no need for more road building in Doncaster.


CPRE research shows that Sheffield has a thriving local food web. The report, From Field to Fork studied a section of the city where there were over 90 local shops and other food outlets selling locally sourced food. Local food sales here could be over £15.5 million a year.


Rotherham Council’s plans for making the A57 between the M1 and Todwick into dual carriageway are back on track again and we argue that enforced lower speed limits are far more sustainable and effective for safety than building a new road.




Oliver Stephenson kindly opens up the gardens of Lomberdale Hall to the public in order to fundraise for us. On the same day, Peak Park Ranger Frank Mason guides people around the beautiful village, explaining the Sites of Meaning project and fundraising for us.

Cowdale, Buxton

We join local residents to celebrate High Peak Borough Council for unanimously rejecting resubmitted plans for a large water bottling factory at this much loved spot. We hope that developers won’t try again…

Hellaby, Rotherham

We support plans to build probably the first solar farm in South Yorkshire as part of our policy backing projects producing renewable energy that don’t harm our landscapes. Although Hellaby is in Rotherham's Green Belt, undulating landscape and high hedges will shield the panels.


We support a rural diversification scheme at Manor Farm which helps secure grant funding and planning permission for a small scale hydro scheme.


We are delighted when Simon Groom is elected vice president at our AGM.