Derbyshire Dales MP Sarah Dines and local councillor Alasdair Sutton have both offered their support to Foolow villagers trying to raise £300,000 to purchase land at Brosterfield and turn it into a wild wood and wildflower meadow.
Visiting the site on Saturday both were impressed with the plan, which has been given preferred bidder status by the Peak District National Park Authority. The group now has until November to raise the cash.
Sarah Dines commented that the plan was very much in line with government policy;
“I’d really like to see this small project for the community work,” she said. “It does dovetail with national policy. We’re very much a green government and the new environment bill is a gold standard. If we can try and get some national funding coming to Foolow I’d be very pleased.”
Derbyshire Dales District council has pledged to plant a million trees in the county during its next term, and Alasdair Sutton, recently elected as member for the Bakewell area, agreed that the Foolow plan corresponds perfectly with this. “Our leader Barry Lewis is heavily into the environment,” Sutton told the group,” and this will be one of my priorities as well to help you out as much as possible.”
Support could also be coming at Westminster. Sarah Dines promised that she’d be lobbying and petitioning to see what could be achieved locally. “It doesn’t matter what your politics are, we can all come together on this,” she said.