Restoring the landscape at Marsden Moor

Firefighters beating the fire on Marsden Moor, April 2019

Marsden Moor has been devastated by a series of moorland fires. Over the Easter weekend 2019, the most significant fire in recent years covered an estimated 1,000 hectares of precious habitat, home to nesting birds and mountain hares. Our work to restore this landscape starts now – and we need your help.

Following the devastating fires in April 2019, it's been estimated that the restoration work to Marsden Moor will cost approximately £500,000.

It will be a long and difficult process to restore this landscape, but with help from National Trust supporters and by working in close partnership with Yorkshire Water and Moors for the Future, we will do everything we can to protect this special place.

Firefighters tackle the blaze on Marsden Moor

The Marsden Moor appeal 

The Marsden Moor appeal has been set up in order to help us restore this landscape. All donations will go towards looking after Marsden Moor.

Craig Best, National Trust Countryside Manager for Marsden Moor, explained "The money raised through the Marsden Moor appeal will help us begin the restoration process. For example, fences and dams on the moor will need replacing.

"Unfortunately much of the area that has been affected had recently been planted with sphagnum moss, a key peat-forming species. We will be looking to replant this, as it won’t grow back without our intervention. This type of moss is known for its water holding capacity so it will also help to reduce the likelihood of future fires on the moors.

We intend to replant sphagnum moss as part of our efforts to restore the moor
A close up image of native sphagnum moss
We intend to replant sphagnum moss as part of our efforts to restore the moor

Craig added “We would also like to look at ways to reduce the risk of future fires by making the moorland wetter, for example by blocking gullies with dams in order to trap peat and water behind them.

“We have been so grateful for the support we have received and I would like to thank everyone who has donated to our appeal so far.”