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Peak District wildfire fund launched after spate of moorland blazes

National park staff have supported emergency services at more than 20 moorland fires in 2018.
National park staff have supported emergency services at more than 20 moorland fires in 2018.

A wildfire fund has been launched in the Peak District National Park following a spate of moorland fires.

Donations to the fund will support fire prevention messages, volunteer costs and restoration work with moorland partners.

Over the last few weeks, national park staff have supported emergency services at more than 20 moorland fires, fuelled by a combination of hot, dry weather, light breezes and parched ground.

Sarah Fowler, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the public’s concern and offers of support – and that has led to the launch of this wildfire fund.

"Your donation will help to support our fire prevention work with partners and the work of our invaluable FireWatch volunteers.”

She added: “It’s heartbreaking to see swathes of our internationally important landscapes being damaged.

"Wildfires are catastrophic for wildlife, flora and, importantly, the peat itself which not only provides unique habitat but vital carbon and water storage.

“The smallest spark can lead to huge amounts of damage. Ashes blown from a barbecue, a broken glass, a dropped cigarette butt can devastate our precious and protected landscapes, and affect people's livelihoods.

"The damage to the environment, wildlife, habitats and vegetation takes years to recover.”

You can help by donating to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/wildfirefund.