Moorland fence project starts

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CONSERVATION work on Peak District moorland is moving into a new phase with the installation of a second length of fencing to help keep sheep away from moorland where peat has become bare or degraded.

The work is taking place on Kinder Scout where damage from air pollution, severe fires and over-grazing has depleted the natural flora and fauna.

The Kinder Fence Project is part of a five-year restoration programme led by the National Trust. Work on the latest phase should be completed before the end of March. Walkers will be able to cross the fence at numerous points.

Six miles of fencing will run around the eastern and south eastern boundary of Kinder plateau and take in Seal Edge, Blackden Moor, Grindsbrook, Grindslow Knoll and East Crowden.

Phase one of the Kinder Fence Project, stretching more than three miles, was completed in September along the northern boundary.