45th year for park accolade

The Peak District National Park has been awarded the European Diploma of Protected Areas for the 45th year, making it one of only five areas in the UK to hold the accolade.

The Council of Europe has renewed the diploma for ten years in recognition of continuing conservation work in the national park to protect rare wildlife, distinctive landscapes and heritage sites, as well as maintaining the distinctive character of traditional villages and the vitality of local communities and businesses.

Jane Chapman, head of environment and economy at the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “I’m delighted this prestigious diploma has been renewed for ten years – it’s a recognition of the sterling work being done by hundreds of people across the national park.”