Two leading Derbyshire conservationists have wished a new heritage venture well, at a ceremony to mark the official merger of two conservation trusts.
Sir Hugh and Lady Sykes – founders of the Peak Park Trust – were joined by members of the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust at the Sykes’s home in Hathersage to launch the new organisation.
DHBT, established in 1974, has now incorporated the Peak Park Trust which Sir Hugh and Lady Sykes set up in 1987 to conserve buildings and places at risk in North Derbyshire. These buildings and pieces of land have since been used for the benefit of residents, visitors and businesses in the area.
At the official merger ceremony, at the Sykes’s home at Brookfield Manor in Hathersage, the chairman of the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust – Derek Latham – paid tribute to the three decades of work by the Peak Park Trust:
“The PPT has not only helped with buildings, but with deprivation in the area and with access to the hills and moors. I want to say a huge thank you to Sir Hugh and Lady Ruby for what they have done.”
In response, Sir Hugh said: “We’ve had a lot of hard work, but it’s been enjoyable and satisfying too. So wonderful to see members of the DHBT here today – well done to you, and thank you for your support.”
Derek Latham said the joining of the two organisations heralded a new era for Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust:
“This merger strengthens the ability of the DHBT to help owners and the community who use our historic assets, throughout Derbyshire and the Peak, now and in perpetuity.”