Peak District national park charity smashes target for 70th anniversary fundraising campaign

Celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the Peak District National Park have started early after its official charity smashed the target for a fundraising drive to mark the occasion.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 11:43 am

Ahead of the big day on Saturday, April 17, the Peak District National Park Foundation revealed it had almost doubled its original £70,000 aim, raising £130,000 through its #70kfor70 initiative.

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

“The things we do today will help our national park thrive tomorrow, and for many generations to come. We have a long list of conservation, nature recovery and engagement projects which need funding.”

The money raised is already supporting moorland restoration, trail maintenance, woodland restructuring at Stanage North Lees to improve bird habitats, conservation work, and the Miles Without Stiles project to improve access for people with limited mobility.

The foundation has also invested in kit for the park’s junior ranger programme, supported Peak District Mosaic’s efforts to engage BAME communities, and funded Fit for Work, a scheme which helps offenders on licence to develop conservation skills.

Elsewhere, the money has been allocated via community action grants and funded conservation work by volunteers from the Ride Sheffield/Peak District mountain biking group.

The charity is already making ambitious plans beyond #70kfor70, and appealing for further support.

The park foundation supports work which will preserve the landscape for generations to come. (Photo: Phil Sproson)

Jen said: “Without the protections of a national park designation, the Peak District would look very different but there is still much more to do.

“The 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 it is welcoming to all.”

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

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