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Simon Groom, remembered by millions as the wry Blue Peter presenter of 30 years ago, is recommending a countryside Christmas present for people who love the Peak District. These days Simon Groom juggles his life as a Derbyshire hill farmer with his work as a documentary film maker. We’re also delighted that he’s our Vice President. 

When he presented Blue Peter along with the likes of John Noakes and Peter Duncan in the seventies and eighties, the children’s programme was famous for its “makes.”

“Back in the day, we used to make all sorts of presents out of sticky backed plastic and chocolate bean tubes!” he recalls. “The advent candle was an annual favourite, and of course, Tracy Island went on to be a huge hit. But if you’re out of sticky backed plastic then I can’t think of a better Christmas present than a Friends of the Peak District gift membership for someone you know who loves these beautiful landscapes! They’ll get something that lasts a whole year, and you’ll know that you’ve spent your money on something very worthwhile.”

“On a daily basis, working as a broadcaster and sheep farmer I take inspiration from the Peak District, and being at one with nature really helps me with my life and work. Gift membership is simple to buy from Friends of the Peak District, and a great way to say Happy Christmas!” he adds.

A gift membership for an individual costs £27 per year;  with joint membership at £42. Gift membership includes stunning landscape gift cards, a badge, goody bag, twice yearly magazine and  discounts for a range of walks, events and attractions in the Peak District. 

The last date for ordering a gift membership in time for Christmas is 16 December.