Planting trees across the High Peak
Trees and shrubs would once have been widespread in the sheltered valleys and cloughs that lead onto the High Peak moors, but changes in land use mean there are few ‘clough woodlands’ left in the area. We're working to create areas where more native trees and shrubs spread up into the valleys and cloughs. This will help keep the valley sides stable and provide shelter and food for wildlife.
Since the project began in 2013, we’ve planted more than 250,000 trees in the High Peak, made up of native species, including sessile oak, silver birch, rowan, hawthorn and hazel.
These new woodlands will provide shelter and habitat for insects, birds and mammals, and will create more ‘nature corridors’, connecting habitats to encourage wildlife and increasing biodiversity in the area.
‘The trees will become home to a huge array of wildlife. The new woodland will store carbon and stabilise the soil, helping to reduce the risk of flooding lower down the valley.’
– Kait Jones, Area Ranger for the High Peak Estate
This work was supported by funding from the Forestry Commission and Natural England, but was also made possible by volunteers and members of the public, who joined ‘Muck In’ days to plant trees. We also worked with local school children on a project called ‘Treegeneration’, to plant hundreds of acorns and create future veteran trees.