Bleaklow

The Bleaklow project site, owned by National Trust, United Utilities and Woodhead Estate, covered 5400 hectares between Glossop and the Longdendale and Upper Derwent valleys and included Bleaklow Head, the second highest plateau in the Peak District at 633 metres.

During the works 11,000 bags of heather cuttings (brash) were flown in and spread, and 52 kilometres of geotextiles were used to stabilise the bare peat.

Around 1,900 tonnes of lime and fertiliser was applied and 22 tonnes of grass and heather seed sown to kick-start the revegetation process.

As part of the gully blocking programme almost 4,000 dams were installed.

On treated areas 150,000 moorland plants such as bilberry and cottongrass were introduced to help revegetate this special place.

To create a thriving colony of bog-loving plants 30,000 plug plants were planted and 807 million fragments of Sphagnum were spread. 

Map of MoorLIFE sites at Bleaklow with access point marked Bleaklow can be accessed from the Snake Pass or Woodhead Pass. It lies on the Pennine Way and above the Trans Pennine Trail.

Sphagnum - a key peat building moss

Sphagnum moss

Peat has been eroded by industrial pollution and wild fires

Bare peat

Bilberries are native shrubs of moorlands

Bilberries

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