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Woodland plan to preserve paths

Posted 12 June 2012
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Woodland plan to preserve paths
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Those who like to go walking in the Peak District should endure no problems from a National Trust initiative on one of its estates.

Lawrence Field on the Longshaws Estate in the High Peak is to have a wooded section around a former gritstone quarry at Bole Hill fenced off to livestock to encourage the growth of more native woodland.

However, the British Mountaineering Council reports, access gates will ensure walkers can use both public rights of way and other established footpaths.

Over a km of drystone walls and 1.5 km of fencing will be restored in the operation, which will enable trees like oak and birch to grow freely.

It will link the woodland with the nearby Padley Gorge area of special scientific interest.

Those heading to the quarry will also include those with climbing ropes as they take on its cliffs, with the gritstone formerly hewn from the Earth at the site being used in the construction of the Derwent and Howden dams in the first half of the 20th century.