‘Haircut’ for heather to conserve moorland

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Heather on a popular moorland spot near Sheffield will be getting a haircut in the next few weeks.

Tractors will move into an area from Redmires to Stanage Pole, near Stanage Edge, to ‘shape’ the heather into the familiar moorland patchwork.

Stanage Edge with millstone.

Stanage Edge with millstone.

Trimmings will be swept up and transported for use on eroded moorland areas elsewhere in the Peak District.

Work is being carried out by the Moors for the Future Partnership, a group of conservation organisations working in the area.

Matt Buckler, conservation works manager, said: “Our contractors will be out in good weather so walkers, climbers and mountain bikers may well come across them.

“This vital work will benefit the moors around Stanage, ensuring they keep their conservation status as well as helping repair damaged peat on Bleaklow, Kinder Scout and other areas.

“If you do see work in progress please keep a safe distance from any machinery.

“We try to get the heather cut and transported within a three-week timescale, so please don’t interrupt the contractors unless it’s absolutely necessary. You can find out more about our work by visiting our website or by contacting our Edale office.”

The project is due to start on October 6.