Iron Age project nets grant of £11,000

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Innovative projects from an Iron Age roundhouse to a new suite of folk music based on the character of the Peak District are set to get the go-ahead thanks to a grant scheme.

Cash for the projects will be coming from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund and is allocated by a panel of local residents and businesspeople.

A total of £11,000 will be put towards the reconstruction of an Iron Age style roundhouse at the non-profit making Nightingale Holiday and Conference Centre. in Great Hucklow.

The roundhouse will be built by Sheffield University students, Peak Park Conservation Volunteers and representatives from Heeley City Farm in Sheffield, where a similar roundhouse has already been created.

It is hoped that the grant will help fund the construction, as well as open days and heritage workshops.

Meanwhile, £18,000 will be spent on a two-year project to create an archive of memories, documents, press articles, letters and photographs from the 1932 Kinder Mass Trespass.

A further £1,500 will go towards “Kinder 80: Trespass to Treasure”, a week-long festival of walks, talks, displays and family events centred round the 80th anniversary of the trespass on Tuesday, April 24.

Grants of £14,000 will go to the “Peak District Ghost Woods and Shadows” project,to chart ecological and archaeological clues to the ancient woodlands that once grew on the East Peak moorlands; £11,000 will go to the expansion of the Peak District Electrical Bicycle Network and £9,000 will be given to Edale folk musician Bella Hardy, to help her collaborate with local musicians on a CD and tour featuring ballads based on the Peak District.

Chairman of the Sustainable Development Fund panel Pauline Beswick said: “These imaginative projects demonstrate that despite tough economic times, creativity is not thin on the ground in the Peak District.”