This is an archived website, available until June 2027. We hope it will inspire people to continue to care for and protect the South West Peak area and other landscapes. Although the South West Peak Landscape Partnership ended in June 2022, the area is within the Peak District National Park. Enquiries can be made to

The 5-year South West Peak Landscape Partnership, 2017-2022, was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Helen B

Helen Betts

phonePhone: 01538 300135

mobileMobile: 07970 237094

About Helen

Helen is our Vocational Training Officer, hosted by the Peak District National Park Authority and delivering our Future Custodians and SWP Mosaic projects. Helen will be organising work rotas, training and placements for twelve apprentices in the South West Peak.  The apprentices will be Farm Workers and Countryside Workers and Helen will be ensuring they have a busy schedule to become competent workers and appreciate the business of getting food on everyone’s plate while keeping the wildlife in our hedgerows. Helen’s role will also involve promoting the area to under-represented groups and supporting them to visit and explore.

Helen has worked as a science teacher in mainstream schools and helped set up an alternative education provision for children missing from education.  While doing a degree in Environmental Studies she did a placement year with BASF agrochemicals and volunteered with Working Weekends on Organic Farms at the weekends and holidays, so is used to resolving conflicts about how we work in our countryside.  She has worked on conservation projects in Hungary, Malaysia and a small nature reserve in East Leeds where she spent many happy summer weekends making charcoal. More recently Helen has been leading Junior Rangers groups around Leek and lecturing at the University of Derby.

Helen has in interest in forest gardening and foraging and is attempting to grow perennial veg and weeds to eat in her own back garden.

Projects worked on

future custodians

Future Custodians

Training the next generation of workers through countryside and farming apprenticeships.

Project runs

  • From: Sep 2017
  • To: Sep 2021

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Introducing new groups of people to a wild and beautiful landscape through local champions.

Project runs

  • From: Apr 2018
  • To: Oct 2021

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