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One of the Peak District’s ‘hidden gems’ is celebrating the award of a £2.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The South West Peak Landscape Partnership’s Landscape at a Crossroads scheme will develop a better understanding of this unspoilt corner of the Peak District and help enhance and protect it in the future.
The three counties of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire meet at Three Shires Head at the heart of the South West Peak. The area features the stunning Roaches gritstone ridge and Axe Edge Moors where the rivers Dove, Manifold, Goyt, Dane and Wye rise. The South West Peak is also home to an internationally important breeding bird community including short-eared owl, merlin and golden plover.
Karen Shelley-Jones, South West Peak Landscape Partnership development officer, said: “We are very excited about how the HLF grant will help this hidden gem of the Peak District, a land of peace and quiet unspoilt by tourism.
“The South West Peak is a crossroads where the uplands join the lowlands at spectacular gritstone edges, with close communities and a fierce spirit.’’
Two years after the project received development funding, the full grant has now been confirmed through the HLF’s Landscape Partnership programme. The money will help farmers maintain their businesses while safeguarding and enhancing important habitats like hay meadows and iconic species such as the curlew.