Clough Woodland Project

Vision and aim

This pilot project has been set up to support landowners and managers to create Clough woodlands by helping them obtain funding from the Forestry Commission and Natural England.

The project will identify and develop schemes to create native Clough woodland in the upper Derwent catchment and part of the Dark Peak Nature Improvement Area. This will be achieved by working closely with landowners and managers to raise awareness of the benefits of Clough woodland in mitigating flood risk, improving water quality and biodiversity.

The project aims to demonstrate new ways of working and how land-use change at catchment scale can be delivered using a partnership approach.

Clough Woodland

Background

Clough woodlands - areas of steep-sided woodland on the edge of open moorland - have declined over the years, leading to small fragmented woodlands with poor connectivity for wildlife, and a decline in biodiversity associated with Clough woodland flora and fauna.

High grazing pressure on former Clough woodlands can result in reduced soil and slope stability. The loss of woodland canopy adjacent to watercourses has led to a reduction in riparian shading, which can increase water temperature and have a detrimental effect on freshwater ecology and chemistry. The Cloughs are prone to rapid run-off and subsequent erosion, which can increase flood risk and impact on water quality.

Partners

  • The Environment Agency
  • Forestry Commission
  • National Trust
  • Woodland Trust
  • RSPB
  • Peak District National Park Authority
  • Natural England

Funders

  • The Environment Agency
  • Forestry Commission
  • National Trust
  • RSPB
  • Peak District National Park Authority

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