High Peak MP takes to the Moors

High Peak MP Ruth George was delighted to take to the moors above the Snake Pass to see the work being done by the National Trust.

Ruth said: “It was brilliant to blow the London air and cobwebs away on a windy walking meeting with Matt from the National Trust on the Moors above the Snake, seeing some of 20,000 dams that help slow the run-off and lock carbon in the peat.

“I’m glad to hear the National Trust is now cutting 120 hectares of heather rather than burning. Our ‘wild’ moorland is actually very managed and still many acres of sphagnum moss to lay – at the moment it’s thanks to €20 million of funding from the EU.

“Whatever happens with Brexit, we need to make sure this vital work for our landscape and for climate change can continue.”

Ruth met the Trust’s Senior Estate Manager Matthew Pocock and Lead Ranger, Matthew North. Their discussion covered the National Trust’s High Peak Moors Vision including moorland restoration techniques; the use of agri-environment schemes and their importance going forward; access issues and leisure/events; and the ecological services which the moors provide.