PEAK DISTRICT: Preserving Peaks for the future

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A pioneering project is celebrating a decade of preserving the beauty of the Peak District for generations to come.

For the past ten years, dedicated volunteers at Moors for the Future have been working tirelessly to conserve large parts of internationally-important land in the area – bringing about something of a green revolution.

The project has restored nearly 5,000 hectares of moorland, planted 40,000 trees and improved almost 25 miles of paths.

Chris Dean, project manager at Edale-based Moors for the Future, said: “We have a really responsible and wonderful job – it’s all about preserving 8,000 years of moorland heritage, contributing to the environment and conserving the future.

“We’ve achieved a lot over the past ten years – but there’s still much work to do.”

Crucially, the project is carrying out important work to restore the Peak District’s peat bogs which naturally store carbon dioxide.

When the bogs are eroded, they release the gas which contributes towards climate change – something volunteers at Moors for the Future are keen to tackle.

In addition, the bogs play an important role in filtering our drinking water.

Mr Dean added: “It’s really important that we invest a lot of time and money into restoring these bogs as they have a lot of benefits for us and play a crucial role in our ecosystem.”

So far, Moors for the Future has spent more than £13m restoring the beautiful Peak District – resulting in millions of pounds of value to the public. Mr Dean said the project was always on the lookout for volunteers to help with its work.

To find out how to get involved and for more information about Moors for the Future, log on to www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk.