Peak District park charity launches new fundraising campaign to tackle litter and environmental projects

Trustees, staff and volunteers of the Peak District National Park Foundation teamed up for a litter pick on the Monsal Trail this week to officially launch a new fundraising campaign focused on environmental improvements.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 3:35 pm

The park’s sister charity has established the Peak District Proud Fund to buy litter-picking kits for volunteers and community organisations, and raise awareness of the problems litter poses to wildlife and fire risks.

Eventually it aims to create small grants for community organisations carrying out activities like wildlife monitoring and tree planting.

Foundation chair Jen Lowthrop said: “It was great to get out and do something positive to help care for this wonderful place.

From left, Steve Turner, Andrew McCloy, Claire Barlow, Sarah Wilks, Jen Lowthrop.

“Litter continues to be a major challenge and we really appreciate the work of volunteers and community groups in tackling this problem.”

She added: “We can all be Peak District proud. It’s about taking simple steps such as taking your litter home with you, not having barbecues and keeping your dog on a lead.

“If you enjoy visiting our national park and want to give something back, please consider making a donation.”

Corporate partners are already getting behind the fund, including a donation from clothing company Solid Ground Outdoors.

A spokesman said: “We see it as a moral obligation to give back to national parks.

“It’s important visitors enjoy this special place with understanding and protect it for wildlife and for future generations.”

To make a donation, go to https://bit.ly/3bnRPcj.

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