Llama trekking and pack pony

Llamas such as these being exercised by former Euro MP Roger Barton could soon be a familiar sight in the Peak District.

The Sheffield and Peak District Llama Trekking project has been awarded a 1,000 grant for its novel way of encouraging city-based young people to venture out into the countryside.

The llamas will be used to carry picnics or expedition equipment.

Based in the Mayfield Valley, the project will include a visitor centre, and will work with schools to help build closer links between the city and the Peak District National Park. The money has been awarded by the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).

Also given 1,000 SDF support was the Peakland Pack Pony project.

Run by Ecopona, a non-profit organisation, the project will develop the traditional use of pack-ponies to transport conservation materials to remote places such as moorlands.

These are just the latest of more than 150 business, social and village projects to win support from the SDF.