Country appeal

Countryside Campaigner: Gerald Haythornthwaite sitting amongst the Peak District countryside that he fought so hard to protect.

Countryside Campaigner: Gerald Haythornthwaite sitting amongst the Peak District countryside that he fought so hard to protect.

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COUNTRYSIDE campaigners are celebrating the centenary of the birth of a pioneering conservationist by launching a fundraising appeal in his name.

Gerald Haythornthwaite, the key driving force behind the formation of the Peak District National Park, would have been 100 this year.

Working alongside his wife Ethel, his victories included blocking a 200 mph Grand Prix race track near Dove Dale and stopping a motorway through Longdendale.

Dame Fiona Reynolds, Director-General of the National Trust, has agreed to be Patron of the Haythornthwaite Appeal.

She said: “The need to look after our countryside is still as urgent today, so I am delighted to be asked to be Patron of the Haythornthwaite Appeal.”

For more details about the appeal ring 0114 266 5822 or visit the website on www.friendsofthepeak.org.uk.