Mrs Penny Anderson
Member Representative for: Thriving Natural Environments
Appointment method: National Member appointed by the Secretary of State
Appointing Authority: Secretary of State
Other Members appointed by this Appointing Authority:
Parish: Area 2
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Town Head Farm,
Term of Office
- 01/04/2015 - 31/03/2019
Appointments to outside bodies
I am a Chartered Ecologist, and have run my own company, Penny Anderson Associates, Consultant Ecologists (based in Buxton) for over 40 years until my recent (sort of) retirement, although I still Chair its Board. I have specialised in habitat management, restoration and creation as well as Environmental Impact Assessment on projects large and small. I have given evidence at Public Inquiries as well as to House of Lord’s Committees. I have worked extensively on Natural England (and its predecessors) projects, including developing best practice guidance and evidence-based materials on various subjects. Of most relevance to my role as a member of the Peak District NPA is my very broad knowledge and expertise in moorland restoration, which started with the Peak District Moorland Restoration Project, begun in 1979, and my experience in restoring/creating flower-rich grasslands. I am very aware of the importance of habitats for providing a wide variety of benefits or services to people other than nature conservation. These ‘ecosystem services’ include clean water, provision of food and fibre, control of downstream flooding, amenity and recreation and the setting for our cultural heritage. Holding carbon in the peat and other soils is a prime function which we can manipulate through good management to help reduce the effect of climate change, which itself is a real threat to the future of our habitats and species. There is a case to pay land managers for these ecosystem services.
Having lived in or close to the National Park for over 40 years, I also have a very extensive knowledge of the area, some of which was distilled into a popular book: The wildflowers and other plants of the Peak District (co-authored with Dave Shimwell). I have been involved in nature conservation in the Peak District for many years, particularly in the management of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Miller’s Dale Nature Reserve, but also now as a volunteer for the NT in the High Peak and for NE in the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve. I am also now a member of the Local Nature Partnership and the Peak Park Management Plan Advisory Group.
My role as a Secretary of State member of the Authority is to provide an understanding of the balance between farming, food production, land management and nature conservation whilst offering expertise in the landscape-scale approach to nature conservation and ecosystem services.