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New Peak District management plan launched

Posted 24 May 2012
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New Peak District management plan launched
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A new Peak District management plan has been launched by various stakeholders that sets out several themes for the future of the national park.

The five-year Peak District National Park Management Plan was formulated by farmers, business owners, community leaders and environmental groups - all of whom are keen to maintain and improve the area, which is one of the UK's most popular tourist destinations.

To celebrate the launch of the new project, contributors donned their walking boots and went on a jaunt by the River Dove.

The four themes outlined in the plan include: ensuring that the diverse, working and cherished landscape is maintained; that the Peak District remains a welcoming and inviting place; that thriving and vibrant communities are supported and an enterprising and sustainable economy is created.

Dianne Jeffrey, independent chair of the management plan, said: "This is a great opportunity but also a great challenge. The National Park Management Plan is about sustainability - we are the guardians of this beautiful area, with its natural and cultural heritage, for future generations."

Meanwhile, National Park Authority chair Tony Favell said that it was "heartening" to see so many people taking an interest in the future of the Peak District.

"Without [the supporters'] enthusiastic help the Park would be much the poorer. They will shape its future, and we want to help as much as we can," Mr Favell concluded.

The Peak District is a top choice for people who go walking in the British countryside and the national park was recently shortlisted for a major award.

It will be in direct competition with numerous other top walking destinations - such as the Cotswolds, Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District - in the Countryfile Magazine Awards.

Voting for the competition ends on June 1st so walkers will have to act fast to register their support for the Peaks.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801370510-ADNFCR