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Relax, renew, restore on the Peak District moorlands

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Wednesday 10 August 2005

10 August 2005

Relax, renew, restore on the Peak District moorlands

A weekend of digging and planting sounds nothing out of the ordinary - but when the "garden" is miles of the Peak District moorland, it has to be something special.

Guests on a holiday weekend (September 9 - 11) based at Losehill Hall, Castleton, will learn about the vital conservation of threatened moorland sites and lend a hand in re-planting stabilising cotton grass.

Leading the weekend's tuition will be Dan Boys, Moor Care Ranger, who is attached to the £4.7m Moors for the Future project - restoring habitats for rare birds, plants and other wildlife on a 3.5sq km stretch of moorland on Bleaklow, near Glossop.

He will explain why the moors and blanket bog - found in only three other countries in the world - is so important, not only for wildlife but in combating climate change. The five-year Moors for the Future project is striving to reverse years of erosion caused by fires, overgrazing and pollution, and uses helicopters to ferry seeds and equipment to remote sites.

For more information, contact Sue Field at Losehill Hall, the Peak District National Park's centre for environmental learning, on 01433 620373.

The weekend costs £120, including tuition, meals and accommodation at the AA three diamond Losehill Hall.

This is an archived press release

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