Bring back biodiversity to the Peaks

When I moved to the edge of the Peak District almost three years ago I was excited to think of all the wildlife that I could see just outside my house. We will be living next to a national park, I thought, there must be loads. Yet since moving here we have only seen the odd unusual animal and it’s been the exception rather than the rule. I attended a talk given by the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, where Tim Birch outlined what the Peaks could be like – with pine martins and red squirrels plentiful throughout. But why isn’t this already happening? It seems that the landscape in its current form favours one species, red grouse, over any other and the plants and wildlife that should exist in a nat

Local power to tackle climate change

It’s always nice when your policies are stolen. Jeremy Corbyn’s recent speech on climate change is welcome both for the attention he is giving to the issue but also the focus on community-owned energy as a key part of the solutions. The Green Party has of course being saying this for many years, and it remains a key plank of our strategy on climate change. Communities ‘taking back control’ of their energy supply and use is a reflection of core Green values of local democracy and decentralisation of power, and the renewable energy revolution we need to get rid of fossil fuels fits very well with such decentralisation. So again, nice to have your policies stolen. But we should perhaps think a

The serpentine community farm - a real community asset

Last year, the Serpentine Community Farm community interest company (CIC) applied to High Peak Borough Council to register the farm as an Asset of Community Value under the terms of the Localism Act. On February 2nd the Borough Council published their assessment that the application should be rejected. Looking its history it seems that the term Asset of Community Value might have been invented for the Serpentine Community Farm. Volunteers from Buxton and other towns and villages in the High Peak have come together to transform a run-down and derelict council nursery into a thriving area of local food production, where innovative methods of growing in our difficult climate are tried out. Thou

Plastic in the hills

As I walk through Edale, I’m baffled by the amount of plastic that appears along the roads after a sunny Sunday: water bottles, chocolate wrappers, fast food containers, coffee cups, crisp packets. Plastic bags fly up into the trees and flutter for days among the branches before tearing into shreds. Bits of litter nestle among the heather and bilberries. Visitors to Edale and other places in High Peak surely come here because it’s beautiful. So why do some cover it in this unnecessary garbage? High Peak means home to many of us – I doubt if the litterers throw rubbish into their own backyards. Since it’s my backyard, along with other middle-aged women I’ve spoken to, I sometimes pick the li

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