Peak position for top farmer

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The Peak District National Park Authority has welcomed seven new members to its governing body - including a former farmers’ leader.

Edale farmer Robert Helliwell, a former Derbyshire National Farmers’ Union chairman and member of the Land Managers Forum, was among two people appointed by the Environment Secretary.

A further member was elected by parish councils and four appointed by councils within the national park.

Mr Helliwell said: “There are many challenges facing Park land managers, so let’s hope I can do my bit to make that management easier and give greater benefit to the national park.”

Another new member is Frances Beatty, a former director of the Country Land and Business Association.