What’s your vision for the moorlands?

Jon Stewart Peak District General Manager for the National Trust on the River Ashop
Jon Stewart Peak District General Manager for the National Trust on the River Ashop

THE PUBLIC is being invited to share their views on a new vision for the Peak District’s iconic moorland.

The National Trust, which owns and manages around 10,000 hectares of the High Peak Moors in the Upper Derwent, Bleaklow and Kinder, is aiming to safeguard this hugely-important landscape by producing an ambitious 25-year plan.

Following discussions with tenants and its partners, the organisation has published a draft document, which went out to consultation this week, and it is encouraging members of the public to share their views.

Jon Stewart, Peak District General Manager for the National Trust, said: “The National Trust cares for special places for the benefit of everyone. In line with this purpose, we want to engage people in caring for this very special area that we look after on the nation’s behalf.”

The new plan will help the Trust understand how best to take forward their management of the moors to enable high-quality conservation and access.

As well as providing a working landscape for its residents, the moors are enjoyed by millions of visitors who use them for recreation and inspiration. They also have outstanding wildlife, landscape and cultural value, while acting as a harvesting ground for much of the region’s water supply.

The vision document will also focus on the role the moorland plays in helping combat climate change, and one of the Trust’s aims is to increase the role the moors can play in capturing carbon from its blanket bogs.

Mr Stewart added: “We believe the moors have a huge potential to deliver public benefit in so many ways – an amazing day out for visitors, internationally important wildlife, good quality water, valuable carbon store and a key role in a vibrant local economy.”

People can comment on the draft vision and plan at www.high-peak-moors.co.uk/public-consultation. The consultation period ends on November 30.

Paper copies of the plan are available from Lucy Chadburn on 01433 670368, or by writing to the National Trust’s Dark Peak Area Office, Edale End, Edale Road, Hope Valley S33 6RF.