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Vote for Moors for the Future in National Lottery Awards

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 17 June 2008

17 June 2008

Vote for Moors for the Future in National Lottery Awards

Moors for the Future - a vital project to restore large parts of the Peak District moors - has reached the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards 2008.

The project will now battle it out against other Lottery-funded projects from across the UK for the chance to win £2,000 to spend on their project and the opportunity to star in a special prime-time BBC1 TV show.   

The Moors for the Future Partnership, based at Edale in the Peak District National Park, is one of only 10 projects to make it through to this stage in the Best Environment Project category and people are being urged to vote and show their support.

Moors for the Future is restoring peatlands - the UK’s largest natural weapon against global warming - which have suffered 200 years of pollution and erosion. These rare habitats store more CO2 than all the forests in UK and France combined, and could help combat floods which devastated nearby cities last summer, by soaking up vast quantities of rainfall.

In addition Moors for the Future raises awareness, encourages responsible use of the landscape, and is in the forefront of research on how to protect and manage the moors. The Peak District moors are the most visited in the world and a habitat for wildlife at risk.

Chris Dean, Moors for the Future manager, said: "A vote for us recognises the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today - climate change, and what we can do about it. We really hope people will vote for the future benefit of the whole country.”

Now entering their fifth successful year, the Awards recognise the difference that Lottery-funded projects - both large and small - make to local communities, as well as celebrate the achievements of the people behind them.  

The 2008 National Lottery Awards are supported by TV and Radio presenter, Gethin Jones.  Gethin says: “Each week Lottery players raise a staggering £25 million for Good Causes and this money helps projects like Moors for the Future transform the lives of people and places across the UK.  

He continues: “The National Lottery Awards recognise the talent and hard work of the people involved in running Lottery-funded projects just like this one.  We want to thank these everyday heroes by highlighting their fantastic work, so please get behind them and give them your vote today.”

Public voting ends at midday on Friday 4 July. To register your vote for Moors for the Future call 0845 386 5776 or log on to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards or www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk

The three projects in each category with the highest number of votes will go through to the finals of the Awards and appear on a special BBC1 Saturday night TV show later in the year.

This is an archived press release

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