Our History

Some highlights...

  • We began in 1924 as Sheffield Association for the Protection of Local Scenery.
  • In 1927 we became a branch of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England representing Sheffield and the Peak District. There was no statutory planning control, no Green Belt, and the Peak District was not a national park.
  • Our first big success came in 1931, when we raised funds to buy the Longshaw Estate and save it from development. We handed it over to the National Trust for future preservation.
  • In 1932 the first Town and Country Planning Act was passed, and six years later Sheffield introduced the very first plans to protect countryside from urban sprawl.
  • In 1951 thanks in part to our lobbying and influence, the Peak District became the UK's first national park.  
  • In 1955 we stopped a 200 mph racing circuit being built just north of Dovedale.
  • We helped save Longdendale from a motorway in 1977.
  • We celebrated the 1983 launch of Sheffield's green belt to protect the countrsyide from urban sprawl.
  • In 2002 we launched ourselves as Friends of the Peak District.
  • 1970s: Longdendale/Woodhead Pass saved from motorway.
    2005: created multi-£million scheme to remove ugly electricity poles and wires in PDNP.
    2008: saved Stanton Moor from devastating quarrying.
    2010: prevented illegal quarrying from further damaging Longstone Edge.
    2012: secured £500million to get rid of pylons in NPs.
    2013: secured Traffic Regulation Orders for Long Causeway, Chapel Gate and the Roych.