Frogatt Edge, in the Peak District, has received a welcome makeover, thanks to the Eastern Moors Partnership and friends.
The Partnership teamed up with members of Peak Climbing Club (PCC) and the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) to fell birch trees growing on the crags, which is part of the Eastern Moors woodland plan.
Rachel Bennett, Eastern Moors Project Manager, said: “The crags have become very wooded so the felling helps to do three really important things: enhance the view of the crags, which local people have been asking for; improve climbing conditions; and let light through, helping rare lichens to continue to colonise the rocks.”
The tree felling is a continuation from work carried out last November when the team, again with the help of PCC and BMC, made great headway clearing the trees along Curbar Edge. The project has an added benefit of reducing the amount of birch seedlings blowing onto the moorland above.
Henry Folkard, from the BMC, said: “It’s terrific to be involved in this voluntary effort, which enhances the wider landscape, as well as being good for conservation and recreation. And on top of that, the iconic view of the gritstone edges is what local communities have told us they want to see restated."
The Eastern Moors and the National Trust estate teams have also been working in the woodlands below the edges, clearing trees to create more light, to promote the growth of oak and rowan. This will enable the woodlands to regenerate, improving rather than reducing the amount of woodland on the Eastern Moors.
The Partnership, which manages the Eastern Moors on behalf of the Peak District National Park Authority, works with many groups who volunteer their time to help with the management of the Eastern Moors. From woodland enhancement projects to bridleway improvements, there is always a great deal of valuable project work to be done. For information on taking part, contact Rachel Bennett on 07713 392035 or email email@example.com.
To find out more about the Eastern Moors Partnership, visit www.easternmoors.org.uk, follow the blog www.easternmoorsblog.blogspot.co.uk or ‘like’ the Eastern Moors Partnership Facebook page.