Plan to safeguard the future of moorlands

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A 15-year plan to support the future management of moorlands on Sheffield’s doorstep is set to be approved by councillors.

About 56 sq kilometres of upland moors are in public sector or charitable ownership on the western edge of the city.

The moors contain habitats of international importance and provide some of the most popular areas for outdoor recreation in the Peak District.

The Sheffield Moors Masterplan has been developed following extensive consultation – and proposes a long-term lease to the RSPB and National Trust.

Both bodies currently manage the moors on behalf of Sheffield Council and charitable trusts on a rolling, annual contract.

Coun Isobel Bowler, council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure said: “We are fortunate to have this superb natural landscape.

“The new agreement with the National Trust and RSPB allows them to plan the management and bring investment into this sensitive area.”

The plan will be discussed at a meeting of the council’s cabinet on Wednesday.