Community moss planting on Marsden Moor

Close up of sphagnum moss

We need your help to plant thousands of these tiny moss plants to help restore Marsden Moor. It’s a chance to do your bit for climate change and repairing the damage caused by the most recent fire.

Marsden Moor is a special place, with breathtaking views and important wildlife. Following a devastating fire on Marsden Moor in April 2021, our rangers and volunteers have been working hard to restore the moorland, but now we need your help.  

Part of our work involves planting sphagnum moss – a peat forming plant that helps turn the moor back into a big sponge. This re-wetting of the moorland reduces flood risk, soil erosion, fire risk and helps trap carbon. 

This winter, we're planting nearly 50,000 moss plants on an area of moor that was damaged by fire. These plants have been funded by the Marsden Moor Fire Appeal fund. We're running a series of community planting days so we can all give something back to nature.

Planting days

Please visit our 'events' section on our homepage for planned planting days in October or November, and to book on.

Planting sphagnum moss helps re-wet the moors
A ranger in a red coat plants a small sphagnum moss plant on a moor alongside a heather plant
Planting sphagnum moss helps re-wet the moors


Frequently asked questions

Q. Do I have to book? 

Booking is recommended to ensure we know how many people to expect. Please book via the events section on our homepage. If you have any queries, please e-mail 

Q. How do I get to the planting site? 

We will be walking about 30 minutes from the car park to the planting site, on mostly easy paths, but you’ll need to be relatively fit. There is a short uphill section at the end which is off path. We’ll lead the way, so don’t worry about navigation skills.  

Q. Is it suitable for children? 

This is a great opportunity for children and families to get involved. The walk from the car park to the planting site is about 30 minutes each way, so little legs may find it a bit tiring, and the Wessenden Head planting site involves a bit of an uphill scramble. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Q. Can I bring my dog? 

This event is not suitable for dogs, sorry. 

Q. What equipment do I need to bring? 

As well as a waterproof coat, we’d recommend very sturdy waterproof boots, as you’ll be doing lots of work away from paths. Waterproof gloves and trousers are also recommended. If you have a flathead screwdriver or similar, this acts as a ‘dibber’ to make the hole for the plugs. If the weather is hot, please bring sun cream and a hat. Mosquito spray is recommended too.

Q. Is lunch provided? 

Please bring your own lunch, snacks and water. A hot drink is a good idea if it’s cold too. 

Q. I can’t commit to the full day, can I still come? 

Any help is great, so if you can only do a few hours, that's fine. Please let the group leader know if you’re leaving early. 

Q. What happens if the weather is bad? 

Sphagnum moss thrives when the ground is already a bit wet. However, if the weather is forecast to be particularly bad, we’ll let people know via e-mail if the event isn’t running.  

Q. Are you running any more planting days? 

We hope to be able to run more of these planting days throughout the autumn and winter. Please keep an eye on social media for further dates. 

Q. What happens if I can no longer make it? 

Please let us know via e-mail.