Rural livelihoods

Friends of the Peak District wants thriving rural communities. We campaign for a living and working countryside with communities that are sustainable, more self-sufficient and have local jobs, services, shops, pubs and homes. We try to bring this about by

  • the work we do on planning applications
  • our responses to national, regional and local consultations
  • supporting initiatives which help the local economy

We liaise with other groups working to improve rural livelihoods so that we know what is needed and they know what we can offer. You can see more about our vision in The Future is Rural Too report from the Rural Coalition.


Food glorious food

We encourage the strengthening of local food supply chains and local marketing schemes such as the Environmental Quality Mark which promote local products produced to high environmental standards.  


Farm fair 

As well as employing 12% of the working population of the Peak District, farming is crucial in shaping and maintaining the landscapes we love. Our work on this includes

  • giving evidence to the Commission for Rural Communities Uplands Inquiry on why upland farming is so important in delivering public benefits
  • commenting on the latest agri-environmental subsidy scheme to make sure it rewards the environmental work farmers do
  • supporting planning applications that will help secure the financial viability of environmentally sustainable farms

For more details, have a look at our food and farming policy.