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Moorland Festival fortnight

This is an archived press release

Thursday 25 August 2005

25 August 2005

Moorland Festival fortnight

A programme of over 80 moorland-themed events this year will culminate in Moors for the Future's first ever 'Moorland Festival' during September (10-25). There is an exciting diverse and varied programme throughout the fortnight.

Highlights include 'have a go' dry stone walling, heather seed spreading, stunning moorland walks, informative runs with an archaeologist and 'wheely wonderful' cycle rides. Events take place all over the Peak District involving a wide range of organisations.

The festival aims to celebrate moorland heritage and raise awareness of this fragile habitat. As part of the Moorland Festival, United Utilites are leading a fascinating walk entitled 'The Story of Water' from Longdendale near Glossop. This six-mile ranger-led walk follows water from its source on the moors and finishes with a talk on water treatment and a well-earned cup of tea.

A festival leaflet is available from all Peak District visitor centres and details are also available on the web site: www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk. Alternatively ring the Moors for the Future office on 01433 621656 for further information.

Moors for the Future began in 2002, to reverse damage to some of the world's rarest habitats caused by erosion, pollution, fires and over-grazing. Blanket bog, such as that found on Bleaklow, is found in only four places in the world, and is more threatened than the Amazonian rainforest.

It is run by a partnership of 12 organisations with a stake in the future of the moors, and is funded mainly by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Issued on behalf of the Moors for the Future Project

This is an archived press release

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