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.

Project summary

Engaging Communities focused on engaging all people who love the South West Peak; those who lived or worked in the area, or folks who visited. The project aimed to leave a long lasting legacy in the South West Peak by building a sense of ownership and encouraging practical community involvement. To achieve this, project staff raised awareness of the aims of the South West Peak Landscape Partnership, promoted volunteering opportunities and also promoted a community grant scheme to community groups, parish councils, schools and churches. These groups were inside and outside the South West Peak area.

The South West Peak Landscape Partnership provided small grants of between £500 to £10,000 for eligible projects that addressed one or more of our project objectives. The scheme funded up to 50% of the total project costs and groups match-funded (from other fundraising and in-kind contributions) for their projects. Project staff provided support for communities to design and implement community projects and also to apply for funding, both from the Partnership and from other funding organisations as well.

Recipients of community grants were decided by a Community Grants Panel. This panel was composed of volunteers who were knowledgeable about the area and interested in contributing to the aims of the project.

Branding and logo information was used to acknowledge Community Grants.

Check out these videos produced with support from the Community Grants Scheme and the National Lottery Heritage Fund:

All the films can be found under the heading ‘Folktales’ here.

Nature based integration: This is a project developed by Asha (who work to promote social inclusion for asylum seekers and refugees). This short film shows how much the participants enjoyed the project.

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What we did

  • Contacted community groups, parish councils, schools and churches to raise awareness about the aims of the Partnership and supporting them to develop and implement community projects.
  • Provided training for community groups about the grant application process and how to apply for funds from other providers so they can continue to apply for and manage grants long after the end of the project.
  • Helped people gain skills and knowledge about the landscape through volunteering opportunities and the implementation of community projects.
  • Supported the development of new relationships between communities and encouraging people from outside the South West Peak who don’t currently have a connection to learn more about the area and enjoy the benefits it offers.
  • Helped people to understand and appreciate the landscape of the South West Peak and building a greater sense of ownership.
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Community Projects

Below are some of the projects completed in the South West Peak:

Projects for Community Groups and Parish Councils

Projects for Churches and Village Halls



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Who's working on this project?

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