Peak park wins grant
CONSERVATION and profit are the joint aims of a new scheme which will encourage Peak District businesses to make the most of the areas natural resources.
Peak Rural Opportunities, which has secured £50,000 of European grant aid and MAFF funding, was launched on Monday and will be managed by the Peak District National Park Authority. The cash will be used to help rural businesses with agricultural connections to promote profit-making projects and encourage conservation.
Ken Parker, head of conservation in the national park, said developing eco-tourism was one example of what might be done. More use could also be made of locally grown wood. "Other less obvious projects might include using hay meadow flowers for cosmetics and turning bracken into compost," he added.