The 46 hectare site at Black Hill, owned by Yorkshire Water, in the north of the Peak District National Park marks the summit between the Longdendale and Holme Valleys.
Much of the moorland vegetation had been lost, due to 150 years of air-borne industrial pollution and wild fires – and left only bare black peat.
Conservation work started in 2003 through the Heritage Lottery Fund scheme.
The work was built on by the MoorLIFE project which saw 50 million sphagnum fragments spread on the moorland to re-introduce Sphagnum moss – a key peat-building moss.
Black Hill is near the Holme Moss transmitter and can be accessed from the A6024 Woodhead – Holmfirth Road. It lies on the Pennine Way and just off the Kirklees Way.
These pictures show the dramatic difference our conservation work has had on the landscape at Black Hill. The pictures show the Hallas family posing in 2003 and after conservation works in 2016.
Black Hill has been exploited and enjoyed for thousands of years. This audio trail heads for the moors to see how our MoorLIFE project put natural life back into the black stuff of Black Hill - peat
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