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Peak District National Park 70th

Tomo Thompson
By Tomo Thompson
17th April 2021

Ethel Haythornthwaite (left) working with John Dower (centre) on the Hobhouse Committee in the 1930’s on work that would eventually lead to the establishment of the first National Park in the Peak District on the 17th of April 1951.

17 April 2021
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Peak District National Park – the first National Park in Great Britain.
In respect to HRH Prince Philip and the Royal Family, the celebrations to mark the 70th will now take place next week. Through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme some 6 million young people in the UK have been introduced to walking in the countryside – many of them in our National Parks.  Our thoughts are with the Royal Family this weekend.
The link between our charity and the Peak District National Park goes back way further than 1951. Ethel Haythornthwaite, founder of our charity, strove for the establishment of a National Park from the 1930’s, and we continue to work closely with the National Park Authortity today.
We will present a ‘little gift’ to mark the birthday on Thursday 22 April. We are indebted to everyone that worked tirelessly to establish the National Park, and everyone that strives to Protect Respect and Enjoy this remarkable landscape today. Happy 70th Birthday !!!