Our John Muir Award group enjoyed a brilliant day with the Peak Park Ranger Volunteers as part of their important conservation work in the Peak District National Park. The students helped with the planting of sphagnum moss beneath Stanage Edge. They learnt how vital this plant is for the area because of its roots which can hold a lot of water. The moss also helps to regenerate peat which is very important for capturing carbon. The volunteers explained that moorland fires over the last few years have impacted biodiversity in the area and the burning peat has released carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Planting this special moss helps to preserve and protect this beautiful area.
The students worked hard on this countryside project with Peak Park Ranger Volunteers Tom, Richard and Derek. The group also found time to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air in this stunning part of the Peak District.
The John Muir Award encourages people of all backgrounds to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places.