What the EU LIFE programme has done for the Peak District – a guided walk on Kinder Scout

LIFE14 NAT/UK/000070
  • Start date: 21/05/2017
  • End date: 21/05/2017

Enjoy a free guided walk on Kinder Scout as the Moors for the Future Partnership showcases its large-scale conservation work, made possible thanks to EU LIFE funding.

Join the team for a six-mile ramble through stunning scenery, as they explain more about their work to reverse 200 years of damage to the iconic Peak District National Park uplands.

Funding from the EU LIFE programme saw the MoorLIFE project protect almost 2,500 hectares of Peak District and South Pennine moorland (roughly the size of 3,500 football pitches) between 2010 and 2015.

Now, the team is continuing vital works across the South Pennine Moors Special Area of Conservation after being granted €12 million from the EU LIFE programme - the largest award ever given to a UK nature conservation project at the time – towards the €16 million MoorLIFE 2020 project.

Limited places are available to take part in the guided walk, to celebrate the special anniversaries of EU LIFE, the EU Habitats Directive and Natura 2000 network of protected areas.

The route will follow Grindsbrook – a pathway of fairly rocky terrain – so sturdy footwear is a must. Due to the bird breeding season and so not to disturb ground nesting birds in the peaty blanket bog, the walk will remain on public path/bridleways.

Walk participants are invited to have a go at ‘Sphagnum slinging’ – throwing tiny beads of Sphagnum moss into the moorland, to join the revolution and help conserve the incredible uplands for future generations.

The walk will start and finish at the Moorland Centre in Edale, where Moors for the Future Partnership staff will be hosting a stall to meet and chat to visitors about the Partnership’s fundamental work, made possible as a result of LIFE funding.

The walk is free to attend but registration is necessary and places are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please find out more by visiting the Moors for the Future Partnership website.

The Moors for the Future Partnership is led by the Peak District National Park Authority and supported through its partners including the Environment Agency, Natural England, National Trust, RSPB, Severn Trent Water, United Utilities and Yorkshire Water.

Since 2003 it has been working to protect the most degraded landscape in Europe. Using innovative conservation techniques it has transformed over 32 sq km of black degraded peat in the South Pennines and Peak District. A monitoring programme provides evidence of the effectiveness of these techniques and is backed up by innovative communications that inspire people to care for these special places.