The National Trust is drawing up a management plan for the High Peak moors, including Kinder and Bleaklow, and it wants more input from climbers and hill walkers. So if you love these hills, take some time to check out what they're proposing.
The National Trust say it is developing a ‘Vision and Plan’ to guide the management of the High Peak Moors in the Peak District for the next quarter century. It’s an approach, it says, that will provide better landscape, access, habitats and wider public benefits, including improved water quality.
After a series of public meetings, the NT is now seeking views on its draft Vision and Plan. The final document will be produced in early 2013. The consultation period ends on 30 November 2012.
One of the guiding principles of the NT’s vision are the environmental services the High Peak provides to all of us, as a carbon store, a location for biodiversity and a buffer against flooding downstream.
Here’s the NT’s summary of what it’s proposing:
• To help people from a wider range of backgrounds to enjoy the moors and ensure that all users have an inspirational visit.
• The full range of native wildlife should be present, including birds of prey, which are currently under-represented.
• Blanket bog is a massive carbon store which we want to protect and enhance. We’re keen to continue the ambitious programme of work to rewet and revegetate the bog to make it a better carbon store, better for water quality, better for wildlife and more resilient to wildfire.
• Burning will be removed from blanket bog, where it is thought to be damaging, unless it is required for fire risk management
• Over the next 25 years we would like to see native woodland regenerated in cloughs and on valley sides. This will provide landscape and wildlife benefits, as well as helping to stabilise soils and enhance water quality
• Sheep reductions achieved under the Environmentally Sensitive Area scheme mean grazing levels are now right for blanket bog. However, cloughs and slopes are over-grazed and changes in management are required to help dwarf shrubs in these areas recover.
With so many vested interests in the Peak District, it’s important that the National Trust hears from all interest groups, not just those who fear they are losing out.
Read more about what the NT is planning and comment on their plans.