Guardians of Peak District landscapes
Friends of the Peak District safeguards the landscapes of Britain’s first and most beautiful national park.
- We challenge and campaign against developments that threaten the Peak District’s beauty and tranquillity.
- We want thriving rural communities. We support homes for local people, sustainable jobs and local services.
- Climate change is the biggest threat to our countryside. We champion suitable renewable energy, environmental building design and green transport schemes in the national park.
Friends of the Peak District looks after the Peak District National Park, the Derbyshire High Peak and six parishes in North East Derbyshire (Barlow, Dronfield, Eckington, Holmesfield, Killamarsh and Unstone).
Why are we needed
Despite its national park status, the Peak District's landscape and surrounding countryside remains fragile and vulnerable to a wide number of threats.
The Peak District is the third most visited national park in the world and the world's most heavily quarried national park. Its location, unique for a national park, surrounded by so many large towns and cities, puts huge pressures on its space, land and wildlife.
The areas beautiful countryside just outside the remit of the Peak District national park are particularly vulnerable following recent changes to the planning laws.
Friends of the Peak District campaign for a living, working countryside that changes with time but remains beautiful for ever. Our aim is to ensure the balance is kept between a vibrant, sustainable rural economy and protecting this outstanding countryside.
Where we fit
- We are a member of The Campaign for National Parks
- We also represent CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) in the Peak District, and are part of the CPRE East Midland's Regional Group
- We are managed by CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire, which also manages our sister charity CPRE South Yorkshire