Heather help for Pennines

Heather being stripped from Norland Moor to be used at Turley Holes, Cragg Vale for seeding.
Heather being stripped from Norland Moor to be used at Turley Holes, Cragg Vale for seeding.
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HEATHER on Norland Moor has been taken up to help seeding in other areas.

Heavy machinery has been used to cut the heather just above its roots before it is distributed across the South Pennines.

Despite fears that this work would damage the moor the council have said that this will actually help development of the moorland.

A council notice states that: “This heather will regenerate by sprouting from the base of the cut stems and improve the make up of different ages in the heather vegetation.”

They say that this diversity in the heather is beneficial to moorland plains and wildlife. Traditionally heather is burned off seasonally to achieve a similar diversity on the moor.

The cuttings will be distributed through Turley Holes, Cragg Vale and the South Pennines to act as a seed base for future growth of heather in theses areas.