Why we launched the Vision and Plan

Get close up to the striking gritstone rock formations © Joe Cornish

Get close up to the striking gritstone rock formations

The National Trust, on behalf of the nation, takes care of some of the country’s most spectacular places. We are responsible for passing these places on to future generations to enjoy.

This means maintaining and restoring the landscape and wildlife habitats, as well as providing a range of public benefits including access to and engagement with nature, better water quality and carbon storage in soils. For further information, see Our Land Forever, For Everyone.

The last 20 years have seen huge and ongoing changes in the way the moors in the Peak District are managed and restored. Thanks to the crucial support of Natural England and other grant aid and support, we’ve made significant progress. Many of the land-management agreements under which these moors were managed came to an end in 2013, so it was the right time to review the work that had taken place, take account of current circumstances and new priorities and explore what further changes would be needed to take us forward in the management of these fragile and rare habitats.

As a result, we've been working with our tenants and a wide range of other stakeholders to share and help shape our vision, and explore how it can best be delivered. From the start of 2012, we held public workshops and meetings with our farming and other game-managing tenants as well as experts and a wide range of stakeholders, including local communities and users of the area.

Using feedback from these meetings and others, we produced the High Peak Moors Vision and Plan, which will guide the management of the High Peak Moors over the next 50 years.