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Monday 21 July 2008
21 July 2008
Moors for the Future in National Lottery Award final
Moors for the Future - a project to restore one of the UK’s most important natural defences against climate change - has reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards 2008. Now it is appealing for people’s votes as the UK’s Best Environment Project 2008.
Peak District-based Moors for the Future is battling two other Lottery-funded schemes for top-spot in the environment category. The victors will win £2,000 for their project and the opportunity to take part in a special prime-time BBC1 TV show.
People can show their support by voting on 0845 386 5776 or www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards any time between July 21 and August 8.
The Moors for the Future Partnership, based at Edale in the Peak District National Park, used its £3.2m of National Lottery funding to start restoring peatlands, potentially one of the UK’s most important weapons against global warming.
In a healthy state these rare habitats could store more CO2 (a greenhouse gas) than all the forests in UK and France combined - but 200 years of damage by pollution, wildfires and overgrazing have left the CO2 blowing away in the wind.
Moors for the Future is restoring vegetation on significant areas of Pennine moorland with cotton grass, sphagnum moss, heather, bilberry and other moorland plants, which:
- regenerate peat as a major CO2 store
- enable the moors to soak up torrential rainfall, alleviating the kind of floods that devastated nearby cities last summer
- restore habitats for wildlife at risk.
Among wider benefits, Moors for the Future has:
- repaired erosion caused by millions of walkers along footpaths and national trails such as the Pennine Way
- improved access to the moors for disabled people and families
- launched the “Paws on the Moors” campaign to promote dog-safety
- charted the moors’ 8,000-year history with books and arts projects, and recorded local people’s memories of upland life going back to the 1920s.
Chris Dean, Moors for the Future manager, said: "A vote for us recognises the importance of the moorlands in the UK’s past and future, and addresses the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today - climate change. We really hope people will vote for the future benefit of the whole country.”
More information (and a voting link) can be found on www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk
Now in their fifth successful year, the National Lottery Awards recognise the difference that Lottery-funded projects make to local communities, as well as celebrate the achievements of the people behind them.
The winners in each of the seven categories will be announced on a special BBC1 Saturday night TV show when the voting has finished.