Our work

Peak District Ranger Team © NT Peak District

Peak District Ranger Team

Our team

In the Peak District we have a wide range of varied roles to cover our vast estate and the many things we do here, including moorland conservation and restoration, education groups & learning centres, shops and tea-rooms, accommodation, our annual events programme, tree safety work, dry stone walling, fence building and much more.

10 years in the Alport Valley

The Estate Team Dry Stone Walling in Alport Valley, Peak District © National Trust

Restoring dry stone walls in the Alport Valley, near Snake Pass in Derbyshire

Alport Barn Restoration, Peak District

Building Conservation - Gillott Barn, Dark Peak Area, Peak District © National Trust

In 2011 the East Midlands Buildings Team took on the conservation of a field barn, the biggest building project that team members Richard Wilkes and Alastair McNish Gandy had taken on during their time on the team.

Just some of the things we do

  • Heather brashing
  • Gully blocking
  • Archaeological monitoring
  • Dipwell monitoring
  • Dry-stone wall restoration
  • Hedgelaying
  • Putting up fences
  • Walks and talks
  • Accommodation
  • Shops and cafes
  • School visits

High Peak Moors Vision & Plan

Derwent Valley is always beautiful and offers a rewarding view © Keith Lewis

Derwent Valley is always beautiful and offers a rewarding view

In September 2013 we launched our vision for the High Peak Moors , for the next 50 years and beyond. It's about protecting and making the most of the things that are important in this rugged and beautiful landscape.

Kinder Catchment Project

The Estate Ranger Team Gully Blocking on Kinder © National Trust

The Estate Ranger Team Gully Blocking on Kinder

A £2.5 million project to restore Kinder Scout, driven forward by the National Trust, United Utilities and Natural England has been informed by the views of local people following a period of consultation. The project will see vast areas of the bare and degraded blanket peat landscape restored.

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Cotton Grass Planting

swathes of cotton grass sweep the Dark Peak moors

Every year we plant about 30,000 cotton grass plants on Kinder to help stabilise the peat so it doesn't wash away. Some plants are from a supplier and some are grown in Hayfield allotments by locals.

Moorland Fire Fighting

Used as the only nearby water reserve to fight moorland fires

Used as the only nearby water reserve to fight moorland fires

Our moorland sites are all of national importance and contain sensitive wildlife and habitat. If a moorland fire were to break out, the consequences could be devastating and so we have plans in place in order to tackle the fires as and when they occur.