Volunteer ponies on Alsop Moor

Ponies helping with our conservation management at Alsop Moor, White Peak © National Trust

Ponies helping with our conservation management at Alsop Moor, White Peak

We recently said goodbye to our latest volunteers, some lovely ponies that are helping with our conservation management at Alsop Moor. 

The plantation hides a rare limestone heath in its midst which would revert to woodland if left to its own devices. The ponies which have called Alsop Moor home for a few months have been busy eating tree seedlings, brambles and grasses which can all get out of control and smother the rarer heathland plants like heather and bilberry. They have made a huge difference to this area that is usually overgrown with brambles and willow herbs. The ponies have now left the area so that the bilberry and heather can flower and set seed, but we hope to see them again next year.