50 year Vision for the High Peak Moors

The National Trust is actively restoring the High Peak Moors for future generations. We've worked with local stakeholders and in September 2013 we produced a Vision and Plan which is guiding the management of the High Peak Moors over the next 50 years.
Moorland management is one of the greatest conservation challenges in the UK; to achieve our vision we are working in partnership with farm and land management organisations who share our vision.
Over the last 20 years, changes have been made to way the moors were managed and restored; we have reviewed this work and established further changes we need to make to better manage the moors.
The High Peak Moors Vision is one of eight flagship conservation projects being delivered as part of the National Trust's 25 year Land, Outdoors and Nature Strategy.
To read more about the High Peak Moors Vision, you can download the summary or the full document here;
The Vision Summary (PDF / 1.0380859375MB) download             The 50 year Vision (PDF / 1.1708984375MB) download

Latest updates

07 Apr 17

More sphagnum moss with MoorLife2020

We want to see a rich mix of plants on the moors, so that a wider variety of wildlife can thrive. Along with our partners Moors for the Future, we've been cutting patches of heather on Nether Hey in the Upper Derwent Valley and planting thousands of sphagnum moss plug plants instead. The sphagnum moss helps to rebuild the peat soil on the moors and is also really good at absorbing water, which in turn helps to keep the moors wetter and provide a healthier wildlife habitat. National Trust staff and volunteers from across the Peak District and from a wide range of jobs came out to help over four days in March. A variety of moss application techniques will be tried out this year to see which is most effective. This work has been carried out as part of the Moors for the Future MoorLife 2020 project.

moss in hand close up and two people planting in background

31 Mar 17

High Peak Woodland Clough Project

More trees in the cloughs Creating a richer habitat for woodland birds and other wildlife is an important part of our vision. We have spent autumn and winter over the last 3 years planting 100 000 trees in the cloughs below the High Peak moors. The funding for this came from the English Woodland Grant Scheme. Why plant them in winter? Trees are dormant in winter and are best being in the ground ready for the start of spring, so they can make the most of the growing season. Fencing has been installed around the newly planted areas to protect the tree whips from sheep and rabbits.Now that spring is here, the planting and fencing has stopped to minimise disturbance to nesting birds.

hillsides, sapling trees in protective tubes, man standing to left

28 Mar 17

Kinder gully blocking work stops for the birds.

April heralds nesting time for moorland birds, so it's important to cause minimum disturbance until September, after they have fledged their nests. The last of this season's gully blocks on Kinder was hammered in at the end of March. This work has been funded by a Higher Level Stewardship grant. The gully blocks will help to keep the water level stable on the plateau and reduce erosion of peat, allowing soil to build, vegetation to flourish and more wildlife to move in. It'll also help to stop flooding around rivers lower in the catchment as it slows rainwater running off the moors and will keep your water cleaner as it flows into the reservoirs below.

ranger in red t shirt leaning on sledgehammer handle over plastic piling gully block in grass