Firm pledges more than £100,000 to boost Peak District conservation efforts

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A leading Buxton employer has shown its commitment to the Peak District with a generous donation to support local conservation efforts.

Construction giant Tarmac is to provide much needed funding to help the Peak District National Park employ a new member of staff to support its conservation volunteering programme.

The company has committed £20,000 each year for the next five years, in addition to providing its staff for monthly volunteer hours to care for and protect the landscape.

Park chief executive Sarah Fowler said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working alongside Tarmac to help look after this wonderful place. It’s a great example of a business determined to invest back into its local communities.

“This year marks the 65th anniversary of the original UK national park and this support, together with the fantastic efforts of all our volunteers, helps us to protect it for future generations to enjoy.’’

To launch the partnership, employees from Tarmac’s Tunstead Quarry, near Buxton, headed out to help to repair a section of dry-stone wall near the North Lees campsite at Stanage on Friday, June 10.

Volunteer project assistant Nick Baker said: “This is a great example of the value the partnership. Dry-stone walls are a big part of our landscape and it’s important that we keep them in good repair.

“But it’s a time-consuming process and it would be difficult and expensive to do without volunteer help.’’

Tarmac director Andy Corrigan said: “The partnership enables us to protect this precious natural asset and learn from the park’s work to meet our own volunteering targets.”

For details on park volunteering opportunities, visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/volunteering.