Our work in the White Peak


Staff and volunteers help look after the special habitats and landscapes that attract wildlife and visitors to the Peak District. We also run tea-rooms at Ilam Park, Longshaw and Edale, holiday cottages and bunkhouses as well as shops at Ilam Park and Longshaw.

Project complete

In 2014 we officially opened the Ecton Copper Mine Engine House, following major repair works funded by Natural England.
This stone building on Ecton Hill in the Manifold valley holds a special story and now we can share this through open afternoons and guided tours.

Dovedale barn

Volunteers provide a friendly welcome to visitors arriving at Dovedale, at the mobile Dovedale Barn. You will find it beside the river Dove and bridge from April until October each year.
Money raised from the sales of maps and souvenirs goes towards caring for this National Nature Reserve. If you would like to find out about volunteering at Dovedale Barn, please get in touch on 01335 350503.

Hidden treasure uncovered

The Dovedale Hoard was announced by John Craven on BBC Countryfile in July 2014.
The precious hoard of Roman and Late Iron Age coins were discovered in a cave in Dovedale where they had lain undisturbed for more than 2,000 years. The coins are now on public display at Buxton Museum.

Fruit orchard

Staff and volunteers at Ilam Park are creating a new orchard and fruit growing area with local and heritage varities of trees near the Manifold Tea-room. Eventually the fruit can be used by the tea-room staff in their recipes. In August 2017 the first plums and apples and raspberries grew and the strawberry plants are growing well.