Vision for future of moorland outlined

Ray Manley, one of the best landscape photographers in the country, has retired from the Peak District National Park Authority after 29 years. A Ray Manley picture of the Woolpacks, Kinder Scout, under a stormy sky
Ray Manley, one of the best landscape photographers in the country, has retired from the Peak District National Park Authority after 29 years. A Ray Manley picture of the Woolpacks, Kinder Scout, under a stormy sky
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THE NATIONAL Trust has launched its new 25-year management strategy for some of the Peak District’s most popular moorland.

The plan covers more than 38 square miles of Kinder Scout and Bleaklow, which are visited by thousands of people each year but suffer problems from erosion and general deterioration.

The trust currently spends around £1 million a year on managing the moors, which includes restoration projects.

It hopes to secure additional funding to make improvements over the next quarter-century.

Jon Stewart, the National Trust’s general manager for the Peak District, said: “The majority of the moorland is damaged, having been affected by pollution since the industrial revolution.

“Our proposals are about conservation as well as helping more people access and enjoy the moors.

“We also have some new objectives which were not considered before. These include improving the quality of water running into streams and rivers which ends up as drinking water and encouraging the bogs to grow again so they can store carbon from the atmosphere.”

Mr Stewart said he hoped to secure extra funding from sources such as the water companies which would benefit from planned improvements.

Work can be costly, with materials often having to be flown in due to the difficulty of bringing vehicles to remote areas.

Even simple measures such as erecting lines of stones across gullies to prevent peat being washed into streams cost £180 a time.

“We have thousands of such gullies on the moors, so the bill is quite large,” Mr Stewart said.

■ The draft plan can be viewed online at www.high-peak-moors.co.uk/public-consultation/ or paper versions are available from National Trust, Dark Peak Area Office, Edale End, Edale Road, Hope Valley S33 6RF.

Interested parties have until November 30 to comment on the proposals.