Restoration work sees heather strewn over Peak District landmark

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Visitors to iconic Peak District landmark Kinder Scout can now see the benefit of a major project to restore degraded moorland.

Land owner the National Trust worked with environmental consultancy Wildscapes, of Stafford Road, Norfolk Park, Sheffield, to spread more than 3,000 bags of heather brash on Kinder Plateaux, to encourage the regrowth of vegetation on bare peat.

Covering an area measuring about the size of 28 football pitches, the process involved airlifting materials on to site and then spreading the brash by hand in a bid to create a microclimate which allows for the germination of both the nurse grass and heather seeds.

The work is part of the Kinder Scout Catchment Project.

Tom Harman, project officer for the National Trust, said: “This is moorland restoration on a large scale.

“Before the project began, peat was washing away at a dramatic rate, so re-vegetation has been vitally important in terms of carbon storage, but also from a water quality perspective.

“The Wildscapes team have delivered high quality moorland restoration.”

Myles Flanagan, Wildscapes site supervisor, said: “It’s amazing to work on such a large-scale project.”