Peak Park cash boost to fund environment learning

Hundreds of children from Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley will learn about living in ways that are good for the environment thanks to a grant from the Peak District National Park.

The park is giving more than £27,000 to an outdoor centre near Sheffield that will harvest rainwater, reduce its energy use and help guests learn how they can be greener at home.

Parson House Outdoor Activity Centre is on Burbage Moor, between the outskirts of Sheffield and Hathersage. It runs residential courses for youngsters from deprived areas of Sheffield who go there to learn about wildlife and conservation.

The grant will help the centre update facilities to demonstrate sustainable ways of living and boost marketing to a wider catchment area to attract more young people from Rotherham and Barnsley.

Planned improvements include installing a rainwater harvesting system for flushing toilets, a new tap system, thermostatic radiator valves and insulated ceilings.