Balancing the needs of the local economy, industry and the landscape is a tricky business
Here rising out of the early morning mist is Hope Valley Cement works
There just aren’t enough sheep farms, tea shops or bed and breakfast businesses to hold the rural economy together. The harvest of limestone from the landscape is a contentious issue (the scale of it’s extraction and its transportation being the hottest debate.) Quarrying and mining has been an important source of employment in this area for centuries (lead and fluorspar were mined here back in the 16th and 17th centuries and then there is the local Blue John stone, but that is probably a post in it’s own right.) This valley attracts hundreds of school parties each year, the area hums with kids armed with clip boards, squashed sandwiches and questionnaires, all on ‘field trips’ gathering data for their school projects.
So off you go, 800 words, to be on my desk by the first day of the summer term. ‘What are the problems caused by industry in the Peak District and how are they being addressed’
And if you cite this blog, please reference correctly.