A 5 year project funded by the European Union LIFE+ programme to restore 2,000 acres of Peak District and South Pennine moorland by 2015.


In 2010, the European Union LIFE+ programme awarded the Moors for the Future team funds for MoorLIFE, a £5.5 million project.

Find out more about the extensive work, carried out over the last five years, and how much has been achieved in the new Layman's Report.

MoorLIFE is one of the biggest moorland conservation programmes in Europe - protecting Active Blanket Bog by restoring bare and eroding peat in the South Pennines Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Special Protection Area (SPA).

The work stabilises damaged peat to stop it being lost and re-introduces vegetation to create a healthy, sustainable active blanket bog habitat (an EU Priority Habitat).
More than 2,500 hectares of Peak District and South Pennine moorland has been restored – roughly the size of 1,300 football pitches. 

Blanket bog is a globally-rare habitat with specialist plants such as peat-forming Sphagnum Moss. Sphagnum Moss has almost totally disappeared from the Peak District and South Pennines mainly due to industrial pollution and wildfires. Its regeneration as part of the MoorLIFE project will help to conserve our moors into the future.

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