Discovering Grassland Fungi Training






The Cheshire hills are home to communities of fungal species which are grassland specialists. These communities can be valuable indicators of ancient grassland. Also, like their grassland habitat, they are threatened by improvement, disturbance, or cessation of management.

This workshop will focus on one particular group of grassland fungi, the Waxcaps. It will cover their habitat requirements, their identification using colour, cap shape, size and texture, gills and smell, their use in evaluating the significance of grassland sites and current management advice for waxcap-grassland. There will be a mix of indoor work and time out in the field.

This event is being run in partnership with the National Trust at Lyme Park and as part of the South West Peak Glorious Grasslands project.

Sign-up and Event Info:

When: Sunday 15 October 2017 from 10:00 to 15:00
What to bring: Suitable outdoor clothing & a packed lunch.
Cost: The event will be free, however, National Trust parking fees will apply at £8/day.

Community Grants Applications

This grants programme is part of the South West Peak Landscape Partnership Scheme. It aims to enable communities of the South West Peak (SWP) to celebrate their built, natural and cultural heritage; to research it, establish events and make improvements to their local built and natural heritage. The Landscape Partnership Scheme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Grant applications must contribute to the mission statement of the South West Peak Landscape Partnership: ‘By working together in the South West Peak, we will shape a better future for our communities, landscape, wildlife and heritage where trust and understanding thrive’.

Take a look at the below documents for further information and guidance on how to apply!

SWP Community Grants Scheme Criteria

SWP Community Grants Scheme Application

For More Information Contact:

Sally Bentley – Community Grants Officer

Bank House
20 St. Edward Street
ST13 5DS
Tel: 01538 381356

South West Peak Agricultural Business Academy

The Fresh Start Agricultural Business Academy is launching a South West Peak tailored academy! This exciting program is designed to help support future farmers, growers and land managers.

Applications are due by Wednesday 27 September so apply now!

The South West Peak Team is Out and About!

Come out to the Leek Show on Saturday 29 July to hear about all the fantastic upcoming projects that the South West Peak Landscape Partnership has on offer and find out what we have coming up in the future. Our team will be set up all day to enjoy the show and talk to folks about our mission.

Interested in volunteering but not sure how? Maybe you have a great idea for an area that could use a little help from one of our projects? Come and have a chat! We’d love to meet you and learn what matters to you and your community in the South West Peak.

Show Information:

See you there!

Evaluation tender open

We are inviting tenders from suitably qualified and experienced individuals/organisations to support the partnership in monitoring and evaluating the scheme over the coming four and a half years.

The appointed consultant will subject the scheme to external scrutiny over this period, while also working closely with the partnership to help us to integrate monitoring of project outputs and outcomes into our project management system; and develop our legacy plan. This process will enable us to:

  • Demonstrate to the Heritage Lottery Fund, to other funders, to partner organisations and other interested parties what is being achieved;
  • Provide us with a mechanism that will inform and support scheme management and scheme governance;
  • Look forward as well as backward – in particular helping us to plan project and scheme legacy;
  • Help the partnership to maximise what it (and others) learn from delivery of the Landscape Partnership Scheme.

The successful bidder will work with both the core LPS team and individual project leads to ensure all our monitoring and evaluation activities are fit for purpose.

Deadline extended to 5pm Thursday 27 July. Download the SWP LPS – Monitoring & Evaluation Brief and terms & conditions.

A Visit to Warslow’s Meadows

Interested in taking a stroll? The South West Peak Landscape Partnership is offering a free guided walk led by our Grasslands Officer. Come and find out more about our Glorious Grasslands project, which is dedicated to protecting and restoring flower-rich meadows throughout the South West Peak.

On Saturday 1 July at 10:00 our project officer will lead this informative walk around Warslow’s traditional hay meadows. This is a great way to celebrate National Meadows’ Day and enjoy the wonderful diversity and beauty of this largely unchanged landscape.

This walk will be of interest to anyone wanting to learn more about these scarce habitats and their value for wildlife and people. As an added bonus the Warslow Beer Festival is also taking place from 12:00 onwards and offers an extra visitor experience!

Click Here to Register

Event Details:

Terrain: Good footpaths, but some uneven terrain.

Start: 1000

Finish: 1300

Meeting Point: Manifold Academy, off Leek Road, Warslow, Buxton, Derbyshire.

Postcode: SK17 0JP

Grid Reference: SK084 589

Parking: Free

Dogs: Allowed

Near a Bus Route?: Yes

Cost: FREE but attendees must book a place as places are limited to 20.

Launch Party in the South West Peak!

Stretching from Lyme Park in the north to Waterhouses in the south and from Macclesfield to Buxton, the beautiful South West Peak has a special quality all its own and is adored by both residents and visitors. This “Landscape at a Crossroads” is characterized by the haunting sound of the curlew’s call, expansive vistas, and, on Thursday 1 June from 10:00 to 1:00 by the taste of delicious locally made ice cream from the dairy cows at Blaze Farm.

To celebrate the launch of the South West Peak Landscape Partnership, which is supported by National Lottery players through a £2.4m grant; the Partnership is inviting people to join them at Blaze Farm in Wildboarclough to find out what we plan to accomplish over the next 5 years.

The event will feature a brand new ice cream flavour called “Taste of the South West Peak” that is being created exclusively for this event. So come and join us to taste this unique and exciting treat! A tour of the farm will be offered and South West Peak staff will be on hand to talk about the projects that are just starting as well as ones that will be beginning a little further down the line.

Like many places, the South West Peak faces challenges to both its cultural and natural heritage. Over the course of the Partnership 18 distinct projects will be delivered across the South West Peak. These range from recording the cultural heritage of farming in the area with the ‘Peak Land Lives’ project to hosting countryside worker apprentices, our ‘Future Custodians’ and supporting and encouraging breeding wading birds with ‘Working for Waders’.

Karen Shelley-Jones, Scheme Manager for the Partnership said; “We really want local people to get involved so the launch event is a great opportunity for everyone to find out more. By working together we hope to strengthen the South West Peak and its precious communities and resources. Please come along, enjoy the locally made ice cream, support a local business and share your views – we look forward to meeting you.”

See you there!

Click here for directions to the party.

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South West Peak Website User Survey

One of the projects we are currently working on, with the help of some fantastic designers, is to re-design our existing website with something easier and more enjoyable to use.

As part of this project we need your help and feedback as future users of this great new tool that will be at our disposal. We have a short user survey that only takes a few minutes to fill out. If you have a couple minutes we would very much appreciate your ideas and thoughts about what shape this website should take and what kind of content you want available through it.

Please visit the link below and thank you for your time!

Slowing the Flow: Flood Management the Natural Way!

In honour of the summer warmth we wanted to call attention to our upcoming project called Slowing the Flow. Working with Heritage Lottery and Environment Agency Funding and the leadership of the Cheshire Wildlife Trust this project aims to address one of the most challenging and costly realities of life here in England, flooding.

Pressures from climate change and human activity mean that floods have begun to occur more often and when they do occur result in more costly damage. As a result, traditional approaches to flood management are growing less and less effective.

By working with nature rather than against it the Cheshire Wildlife Trust and the South West Peak Landscape Partnership will be working on this issue in a cost-effective and ecologically sound way. Through a number of processes that work to restore a river’s natural flood defences the goal is that we will be able to help reduce downstream flooding.

Rather than only combating more traditional symptoms through the construction of costly and imposing concrete barriers we will work to restore the wetlands, floodplains, and riverbank woodlands. These are natures built in flood defences and through their restoration we can work to rehabilitate entire water systems, with far reaching benefits for all. Cheers to that!

As with all the Partnerships projects working as a team is essential and we will be working closely with those who know the area best: local communities and landowners. Through these continuing partnerships we will be able to ensure that each and every pound invested is squeezed to maximum benefit in order to protect our communities and restore our precious rivers and streams.

Watch this space for updates on this project and others as they come on line. You can also keep in touch via our Facebook and Twitter accounts as well.

The Return of Staffordshire Day 2017!





May will mark the return of Staffordshire Day to the South West Peak region! This is a great opportunity for organisations throughout the Staffordshire Peak District to promote our respective missions and get people involved and excited about the South West Peak and its beautiful landscapes. Most events are taking place either on the weekend of 29-30 of April and the fun continues on 1 May at various locations throughout Staffordshire and the surrounding areas.

Below you can find some information about how to get involved:

Staffordshire Day 2017

Also, have no fear! There is even grant funding available to help you set-up your very own Staffordshire Day event!

Event Grant Funding

It should be a wonderful series of events across the entire region and promises to be a fun and enlightening weekend!

If you have questions about how to set-up an event or about anything at all you can contact the Staffordshire Day organizers at: