Centenary appeal launch

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Countryside campaigners are celebrating the centenary of the birth of a pioneering conservationist who was a ‘key driving force’ behind the creation of the Peak District National Park.

A fundraising appeal for conservation projects is being launched in the name of Gerald Haythornthwaite.

His victories included blocking plans for a 200mph Grand Prix race track near Dove Dale and stopping a motorway being built through Longdendale and Woodhead.

Gerald was involved with the Campaign to Protect Rural England in the Peak District, today called Friends of the Peak District, for nearly 60 years. He was the charity’s honorary secretary until his death in 1995.

Andy Tickle, chief executive of Friends of the Peak District said: “We are so proud of the legacy that Gerald left.”

n For information, call 0114 266 5822 or visit www.friendsofthepeak.org.uk.