High Peak pupils conduct research

Secondary school students from Chapel-en-le-Frith and New Mills will be conducting climate change research on the Peak District National Park moors next week.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 12th March 2014, 10:00 am

The event marks the seventh annual Moorland Indicators of Climate Change Initiative as part of National Science and Engineering Week.

The 11 to 18-year-olds will be conducting practical experiments to investigate the impact of climate change and the effects of human activities on the sensitive moorland environment.

Co-ordinator Chris Robinson, of the Peak District National Park Authority’s learning and discovery team, explained: “This is an innovative project involving young people from across the UK’s national parks in investigating peat moorlands’ potential to help tackle climate change. Healthy peat moorlands could retain more carbon than all the forests in the UK and France combined. But centuries of human activities have damaged the peat through pollution, wildfires and drainage which led to severe loss of vegetation and erosion.”