Plans to save barns from decay

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Barns which were in danger of falling into dereliction are being restored to help conserve the landscape, heritage and wildlife of the Peak District National Park.

The Peak District National Park Authority is working with Natural England to help farmers and landowners access up to 80 per cent funding to repair historic barns for agricultural use.

And by the end of this financial year, 14 barns will have been restored, including buildings at Wardlow, Bradwell, Brushfield, Taddington, Litton and Alstonefield.

The projects use local materials, provide work for local businesses, carry on traditional building skills and boost the local economy.

National park cultural heritage manager Ken Smith said: “These projects contribute to the Peak District economy, traditional skills, heritage buildings, wildlife conservation, the landscape and farming.

“In every case they fulfil national park purposes, and that’s why we’re working hand-in-hand with Natural England and the farmers and landowners to help push them forward.”