Peak District conifers replaced with native oak trees

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More than 7,500 tonnes of timber have been removed from a conifer plantation in the Peak District as part of a landscape restoration project.

The scheme, organised by Sheffield City Council in partnership with the RSPB and the National Trust, aims to transform a conifer plantation in the Burbage Valley, in the Peak District, into native oak woodland and open heathland.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “I am pleased to see this important project completed successfully and on time. I regularly walk in the countryside and know how popular this area is with Sheffield people.

“It is also important that we at Sheffield City Council continue to work hard to improve, maintain and restore the irreplaceable and beautiful landscape on our doorsteps.”

Roy Taylor, RSPB manager for the Peak District, said: “This ambitious project has transformed the landscape of what was already one of the most beautiful valleys in the Peak District National Park - gone are the dense brooding conifers and in their place is an open mosaic of native oaks and heather - in keeping with the wild landscape of this area.”