This 5 year project funded by the European Union LIFE+ programme to protect 2,500 hectares of Peak District and South Pennine moorland ran from 2010 to 2015.


A €6.7 million project MoorLIFE was one of the largest moorland conservation programmes undertaken to protect Active Blanket Bog.

It was funded by €5 million from the European Union LIFE+ programme, and €1.7 million in matched funding from partners: Environment Agency - €101,000; Natural England - €241,000; United Utilities - €580,000; Yorkshire Water - €482,000; National Trust - €242,000 and the lead partner, Peak District National Park Authority - €37,000.

By 2015 almost 2,500 hectares of Peak District and South Pennine moorland had been protected - roughly the size of 3,500 football pitches.

Find out more about the extensive work, carried out over the last five years, and how much was achieved in the Layman's Report

The work stabilised damaged peat and re-introduced vegetation to create healthy, sustainable active blanket bog habitats in the South Pennines Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Special Protection Area (SPA).

Industrial pollution and wildfires had damaged this globally rare habitat and the work undertaken was to conserve the moors into the future.

The work in numbers:

• 1.5 billion sphagnum fragments spread
• 200,000 native plug plants introduced
• 16,000 bags of Heather Brash – flown in and spread on moorland
• 4,000 dams created to help retain water
• 3,000 tonnes of lime and fertiliser applied
• 53 linear kilometres of geo-textile material used to stabilise bare peat
• 43 tonnes of grass seed sown

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Project reference: LIFE08 NAT/UK/00202

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