The South West Peak Landscape Partnership was formed in January 2017. It was a group of organisations working to restore, protect, and improve the landscape of the South West Peak. With the Peak District National Park as lead partner and with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, this 5-year partnership (with benefits reaching far beyond that time) worked with local communities to build stronger connections with the landscape and with each other. The partnership enhanced ecosystem services, the benefits we all get from the natural environment, and supported sustainable farming in the area.
Whilst the South West Peak Landscape Partnership scheme ended on 30 June, 2022, we hope the legacy of action and enthusiasm for the restoration and protection of this area, its communities, traditions, cultural heritage and wildlife, will continue.
You can read our Final Report and Legacy Plan which usefully summarises the programme's key outcomes.
You can also read our original Landscape Conservation Action Plan.
The Scheme Manager was Karen Shelley-Jones.
Comprising an area of 354 square-kilometres the South West Peak contains a variety of stunning vistas, habitats and species and includes the sources of five major river systems that supply clean drinking water to communities including Stockport, Leek, Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield. While there are some more well-known locations within the South West Peak, such as the Goyt Valley and the Roaches, there are also many less-known sites that local people hold dear. Through this partnership we worked to conserve these areas, and the natural systems around them, so that visitors and residents could continue to enjoy all that the South West Peak has to offer in a sustainable and responsible way.
With the leadership and dedication of its partners and the local community, the South West Peak Landscape Partnership used a £2.4 million National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, together with additional funding, to deliver projects ranging from protecting the cultural resources of the area to supporting the recovery of our wading birds. Information, case studies and final reports on each of these projects can be found on our Projects page.
Where is the South West Peak? View the Partnership area below.