Green grants support projects from the Iron Age to the future

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Innovative projects from an Iron Age round house to a new suite of folk music based on the Peak District will get the go-ahead thanks to grants from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).

The latest round of grants, allocated by a panel of local residents and business people, includes:

· £11,000 towards the reconstruction of an Iron Age style round house at the non-profit making Nightingale Holiday and Conference Centre in Great Hucklow. The round house will be built by Sheffield University students and volunteers from Heeley City Farm and the Peak Park Conservation Volunteers. The grant will help fund the construction, open days and heritage workshops for schools and local people, and the round house will become a community facility for activities around the campfire.

· £18,000 towards a two-year project to create an archive of memories, documents, press articles, letters and photographs from the 1932 Kinder Mass Trespass by the Kinder Visitor Centre Group, based in Hayfield.

· £1,500 towards Kinder 80: Trespass to Treasure – a week-long festival of walks, talks, displays and family events centred round the 80th anniversary on April 24, organised by the Kinder and High Peak Advisory Committee.

· £9,000 to Bella Hardy, a professional folk musician from Edale, to help her collaborate with local musicians on a CD and tour featuring traditional and newly-composed ballads based on the Peak District. Bella also aims to visit schools, produce an education pack, and promote Peak District music through national and social media.

· £11,000 towards the expansion of the Peak District Electric Bicycle Network, run by community interest company Electric Travel. The SDF grant will enable it to expand its fleet and involve more businesses as recharging points.

· £14,000 towards the Peak District Ghost Woods and Shadows project to be run by South Yorkshire Biodiversity Research Group. Local volunteers will be trained to chart ecological and archaeological clues to the ancient woodlands that once grew on the East Peak moorlands, from Houndkirk and Broomhead moors in the north to Leash Fen in the south.

Chair of the Sustainable Development Fund panel Pauline Beswick said: “These imaginative projects demonstrate that despite tough economic times, creativity is not thin on the ground in the Peak District. We are pleased to support these inspiring projects that will benefit local communities for many years to come.”

The Peak District National Park’s Sustainable Development Fund supports environmental, educational and social projects in and around the national park. Its panel of local independent assessors decides on grant applications four times a year.

Applicants are also given advice and help with further sources of funding from Sustainable Development officer Richard Godley. For more information, go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/sdf or call 01629 816200.