Up, up and away - prizewinners' flight of fancy

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Wednesday 5 October 2005

5 October 2005

Up, up and away - prizewinners' flight of fancy

Three prizewinners let their imaginations soar when they flew over the Peak District moors which inspired their creative work.

The trio were the successful entrants in competition run by the Moors for the Future partnership for the best paintings, poems, photographs and crafts based on the dramatic moorland landscape.

Their reward was a flight with Pennine Helicopters over the moors at Bleaklow, near Glossop, where Moors for the Future is restoring a large swathe of blanket bog - one of the rarest natural habitats in the world.

The overall winner was 13-year-old Tom Jolley, of Bamford in the Hope Valley, with his evocative photograph of a sheepdog and figure on the landscape, and the runners-up were Jacqueline Fantom, of Romiley, near Stockport, with a poem, and Heather Clare, of Chesterfield, with a photograph.

A selection of the best entries will be exhibited at Castleton Visitor Centre from October 24 to November 13 - they have already been shown at Treak Cliff Cavern during the September Moorland Festival.

Moors for the Future, whose partners include the Peak District National Park Authority and 11 other organisations, was launched in 2002 to reverse damage caused by erosion, pollution, fire and over-grazing, with £4.7m, mainly from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

As well as a wildlife habitat, blanket bog - found in only three other countries in the world - is a factor in the fight against global warming. The project regularly uses helicopters to lift heavy supplies and equipment onto the remote moorland location.

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