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Airlift aims to make moors green again

Posted 18 January 2012
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Airlift aims to make moors green again
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Moors for the Future is backing the EU-funded project that will see 5,500 tonnes of heather brash flown from a site near Glossop and dropped onto the nearby moors, such as Bleaklow, which may change the landscape for those climbing the hill or walking along the Pennine Way in their waterproofs.

It will seek to return 2,000 acres of the brown, eroding peat landscape back into the blanket bog that previously existed, something that has been reduced over time by grazing and industrial pollution from the cities surrounding the national park.

Programme manager Chris Dean said: "As many gardeners across the country are selecting their seeds for this year, we too are doing the same but on a much larger scale."

Bleaklow's 2,077 ft summit is the second highest point in Derbyshire, behind Kinder Scout (2,088 ft).