On Sunday Rachel and myself spent a great day on the crags with the Peak Climbing Club, climbing you would assume. No, the club, supported through the British Mountaineering Council are helping with the woodland plan for the Eastern Moors.
Following on from a day last year, the club have been working their way along the crag clearing birch saplings from the rock face itself. Sections of the crag, particularly around the north end of Curbar, are now very wooded. This has led to more mossy damp covering of the rocks. Letting the light back in will help the rare lichens on the rock, help prevent birch seed blowing up onto the moors, replace the edge as a landscape feature and improve the quality and conditions for climbing.
The Eastern Moors team and the National Trust estate team are currently working in the woodlands below, clearing trees to create more light to promote the growth of oak and rowan. So the Idea is to help the woodland regenerate new growth not to reduce the amount of woodland on the Eastern Moors.
Dead bay grove area has gone from dank and dark to dappled shade. More work is due in these areas with the Eastern Moors Partnership team following on behind. We achieved more than I had hoped, finishing under the pinnacle at Froggatt.
A big thanks to David and the club for all their help and the biggest slices of cake I have ever seen.