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Partnership in the South West Peak will be bidding for funding

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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A community consultation surrounding scenic areas of Staffordshire Moorlands has begun.

The South West Peak is under threat with many of its unique and special features at risk of being lost forever – according to a partnership of interested organisations.

The partnership of environmental, statutory and voluntary organisations is seeking Heritage Lottery Fund money to start tackling some of the issues and wants to hear the views and ideas of people who live, work and visit the area.

The area called the South West Peak includes all of the Staffordshire Moorlands within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park, as well as Macclesfield Forest, Lyme Park and the Goyt Valley. The partnership involves the Peak District National Park Authority; the RSPB; Staffordshire Wildlife Trust; Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and many others.

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What do you think of the South West Peak? What does it mean to you? Do you worry about the way the landscape has changed in recent years and the loss of our heritage as buildings crumble and soil erodes? Do you have ideas how the environment could be enhanced or improved, or for a community project that might bring a historic feature to life?

The partnership is keen to people's thoughts. Comments can be submitted by visiting www.southwestpeak.co.uk.

It would also love to hear of any project ideas people may have and also would like to give people the opportunity to join a community panel to get more involved. Look on the web site for more information.

Jill Norman from Support Staffordshire (Staffordshire Moorlands) said: "This is the very start of the process to submit an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

"We have been asked to help with a community consultation exercise and we want to hear from as many people as possible who would like to offer their thoughts or get involved."

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