Statement on shooting leases at Hope Woodlands and Park Hall

The National Trust has today (8 June 2016) given notice that the current shooting leases at Hope Woodlands and Park Hall in Derbyshire will end in April 2018.

The charity said it had taken the decision to exercise a break clause in the lease to end the relationship four years early.

Andy Beer, National Trust’s Director for the Midlands, said: “We have a clear vision for land management and wildlife restoration on the High Peak Moors, which was developed in full consultation with our tenants and other key stakeholders.

“All our tenants have signed up to deliver to the vision and understand their responsibilities. We work very closely with our tenants and support, consult and discuss any issues relating to the plan on a regular basis.

“However, in this case we have decided, after a meeting with the tenant, that we should revoke the licence four years early as it became clear that we could no longer have confidence that they were committed to the delivery of our vision for the land.

“We have given the tenant 22 months’ notice and will start the process of looking for a replacement in 2017, when we will be happy to receive applications from partners who can demonstrate how moorland management and shooting can deliver great nature conservation in a way that is compatible with public access.

“We remain committed to the High Peak Moors Vision. As with all our conservation aims, we review and evaluate progress periodically. When considering renewals of individual shooting leases in future we will take into careful account the extent to which our objectives have been met, in particular relating to increasing raptor populations.”


2 thoughts on “Statement on shooting leases at Hope Woodlands and Park Hall

  1. Thanks for this, v interesting.

    Just to mention that in the very last line of Andy’s statement there’s a ’t’ missing from the word ‘met’. Doesn’t really matter at all, obvious what is meant, but just in case you wanted to tidy it up on the WordPress site.

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