The moorland landscape of the South Pennines, the Dark Peak and West Pennines has been described as the most degraded upland landscape in Europe and possibly the world.
Blanket bogs in this area have been badly damaged by 200 years of atmospheric pollution, as well as a host of other factors. This has led to a severe loss of vegetation on the moorland plateaux, resulting in vast areas of bare peat exposed to the elements.
We restore bare peat in three broad stages:
Using heather brash, lime, fertiliser, nurse crops of grasses and native seed from heather, cross-leaved heath and wavy haired grass.
Working to raise the water table and restore the wet conditions of healthy blanket bog
See the improvements made to Hearn Clough on Bleaklow as a result of our conservation work between 2003 and 2016.
Learn about how we manage footpaths and techniques we use for restoring them
A five year monitoring programme 2011 to 2015 to establish the effects of moorland restoration techniques.