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An initiative driven by local people has seen a series of stile markers going up on the Kinder Scout fence, which is being erected to assist the restoration work being carried out by the National Trust.

These stile marker discs give essential information in case of emergency, with each featuring a grid reference relating to its stile to make it quicker and easier for help to reach anyone in distress.

“The discs were an idea which came out of the public consultation meetings held during the planning stage of the Kinder Fence line project,” said Phillip Weiss, Kinder Scout Catchment Officer.

“It is great to see these going up.”

Neil Roden of Peak District Mountain Rescue said, “This is a great initiative which will really help the mountain rescue team in the Peak District. It will help save lives by alleviating distress and speeding up rescues on Kinder Scout.”

In all, there are nearly 160 discs to be placed on the stiles along the Kinder fencing.

So far a third of these have gone up and the rest will be installed during the second stage of the fence work, which is underway now.

The discs are being put up by the Trust’s dedicated volunteer Patrol Ranger team, who not only do jobs like this but regularly walk the entire length of the fence to check its integrity.

The five-year project, which started in 2011, will see vast areas of the bare and degraded blanket peat landscape on Kinder Scout restored by gully-blocking, brash spreading and moorland revegetation work.

To ensure the success of this restoration work a temporary fence around Kinder Scout, designed to keep sheep – not people – off the moorland, is being erected to allow the newly planted vegetation the opportunity to get established while keeping open access to Kinder Scout for walkers.

Phase 1 of the fence erection has been completed and the second phase is already a third of the way through.

As the moorland vegetation re-establishes, local wildlife will also benefit, including priority species such as Skylark, Dunlin and Curlew.

lIf you’d like to find out more about the project as it progresses, visit www.kinder-scout.co.uk