Visitors to Stanage-North Lees, near Hathersage, are being encouraged to contribute money to help look after its internationally important landscape. The new contribution scheme has been set up to help pay for access improvements, bird conservation, woodland management works and visitor information.
In return for a contribution of £15, people will receive a sticker to display in their car for 12 months free parking at Stanage car parks, and they will be entitled to a discount at the campsite.
Owned by the Peak District National Park, the 542 hectare estate is only 8 miles from Sheffield city centre, yet it includes the iconic gritstone cliffs of Stanage Edge and is home to ring ouzel (the mountain blackbird) and internationally important moorland.
Rebekah Newman, Stanage-North Lees manager, said: “Stanage is a unique and inspirational place that people love to return to time and again for outdoor recreation and relaxation. We know that people are keen to help care for and protect it. The sticker scheme enables them to do that by making a modest annual contribution.”
As well as footpaths and access land, Stanage has 1700 recognised climbing and bouldering routes as well as classic cycling routes. The sticker scheme has been welcomed by the British Mountaineering Council and Ride Sheffield.
Andy Tickle, Director of Friends of the Peak District, who also support the scheme, said: “This is a great way for everyone who loves Stanage to give a little bit back to such a special place and get some great benefits too!”
People can obtain stickers from Stanage-North Lees campsite, Castleton visitor centre, and the Outside shop in Hathersage (cash only).
Stanage stickers are also available by phoning 01629 816200 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm), emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/shop/
More information about Stanage-North Lees is at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/stanage-northlees