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My Times Nature Notebook for Saturday 11 April focuses on restoration of peatlands in the Peak District. Here is some background information. 

Moors for the Future is a partnership of a range of organisations who have pulled together to protect the moorland environment of the southern Pennines.  This includes the northern part of the Peak District National Park (or Dark Peak) but also into south and north Yorkshire.  The project has been running for just over 10 years and is the largest conservation project in the UK and one of the largest in Europe.

My feature in The Times 11 April describes the work done by Moors for the Future restoring the pollution-damaged Peak District moorlands.

You can find out much more about Moors for the Future at their website and specifically the work completed on the largest ever European Union-funded nature conservation project here This also gives more on the science of moorland restoration and the pioneering work thy are doing to reintroduce Sphagnum Moss back into the moorland environment. 

Read about a large expansion of Moors for the Future's work with private landowners and Natural England here 

There’s a short video clip here to explain a little more about Sphagnum.

The full text of Muriel Sander’s charming poem on Sphagnum is here:


The doctors and the nurses

Look North with eager eyes,

And call on us to send them

The dressing that they prize,

No other is its equal –

In modest bulk it goes,

Until it meets the gaping wound

Where the red life blood flows,

Then spreading, swelling in its might,

It checks the fatal loss,

And kills the germ, and heals the hurt –

The kindly Sphagnum Moss.


My thanks to Chris Dean and his team for the time that they gave me explaining their fantastic work.  

Posted on: April 10th, 2015