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Wall insulation 'important for historic buildings'

Homeowners in the Peak District have been given advice on how to insulate their properties.

The Peak District National Park Authority has supplied leaflets to those with old houses in the area.

John Sewell, historic buildings architect for the organisation, explained the idea is to improve energy efficiency without detracting from the original character and appearance of the houses.

He described how wall insulation is one of the "most important steps you can take" to help retain heat.

However, Mr Sewell commented that natural products are best for thermal insulation in older properties as they need to be able to "breathe" so they do not risk damp and decay.

The Sustainability and Historic Buildings leaflet provides information on all aspects of a home including roofs, floors, windows, walls and chimneys.

It is the aim of the authority to promote the understanding of the parks and conserve the wildlife and cultural heritage of the area.