The debrief: How a partnership is transforming a scarred moorland landscape

The soils in some areas of peatland in the South Pennines were more acidic than lemon juice. Years of work by a pioneering partnership to improve the condition of the moors is returning degraded blanket bog to an active state

PROJECT Moors for the Future

ORGANISATIONS INVOLVED Peak District National Park Authority (lead body), Environment Agency, NGOs (National Trust, RSPB), water companies (Severn Trent, United Utilities, Yorkshire Water), Pennine Prospects and representatives of moorland owners and the National Farmers Union

Fifteen years ago, some areas of peatland in the South Pennines may have looked more like moonscape than moor. “It would have been bare of vegetation,” says Dr Emma Shuttleworth, a research associate in geomorphology at the University of Manchester. In contrast, she says, there are now few bare surfaces. 

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