Fire Fund Launched

A NEW fundraising initiative has been launched by the Peak District National Park Foundation. The fund will support the issuing of fire prevention messages and post-fire restoration work. A combination of hot and dry weather and an increase in visitor numbers following the easing of Covid-19 lockdown has led to a spate of fires across the National Park. Many have been attributed to careless use of disposable barbecues, dropped cigarette ends and litter such as glass bottles. Jen Lowthrop, chair of the Foundation, said: “Our enjoyment comes with a responsibility on all of us to help care for the Peak District’s unique and fragile landscapes and wildlife. Damage to the environment, wildlife, habitats and vegetation takes years to recover. Fires are also catastrophic to the peat itself, which not only provides habitat but vital carbon and water storage.”

You can donate to the fire fund at peakdistrict.charitycheckout.co.uk/fire_fund.