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Saving the moors for the future - a public forum

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Thursday 7 October 2004

7 October 2004

Saving the moors for the future - a public forum

Issued by the Moors for the Future Partnership

Experts will present the fruits of vital research on pollution and erosion in one of the rarest habitats in the world - the Peak District moorland's blanket bog - at a public forum in Edale on Thursday October 14.

The Moors for the Future partnership - one of the country's largest conservation projects - awarded £10,000 to fund six university studies into key areas that will help its crucial restoration work.

The forum at Edale Village Hall from 9.30am to 4.30pm will allow the public to hear the results of this investment, as MSc, PhD and postdoctoral researchers share their findings on this internationally-important habitat.

The projects include: the impact of nitrogen pollution on plants and soil; measures to halt erosion; heavy metal pollution (a legacy of the industrial revolution and lead-mining); a history of burning as a way of managing the moorland; the impact of visitors and ways of raising public awareness of moorland issues such as fire.

More threatened than the Amazonian rainforest, the Peak District National Park's blanket bog in the north of the park helps store carbon, thereby reducing global warming. Moors for the Future is an ambitious five-year programme aiming to regenerate 3.5 sq km of moorland, benefiting wildlife, enhancing visitors' experience and improving opportunities for traditional uses such as agriculture.

Lynn Crowe, chair of Moors for the Future Partnership, said: "We are very pleased to present the findings of the studies supported by these grants. They will contribute to our knowledge of these special places and help guide future restoration work. The project received many grant applications and it was extremely hard to choose the six to receive the funding. However, we hope to provide additional grants next year."

All are welcome to attend. Please contact Sue Stone on 01433 621656 for more information or to book a place.

Details of next year's grants will be available soon on the website: www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk

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