Heli-Lift Services’ approach to problem solving makes overcoming this challenge a reality. The design and manufacture of purpose built equipment, to spread the habitat-saving materials, and transport essential equipment over this terrain at speed has made all the difference to this unprecedented project.
This is the largest restoration project the Moors for the Future partnership has ever undertaken. This includes the National Trust and the Peak Park Authority. Walkers, cyclists and passers-by can appreciate the benefits of this notorious peat bog, notoriously one of the most gruelling stages on the Pennine Way.
Matt Buckler, the Moors for the Future Conservation Works Manager stated: "We are delighted to be able to work on such a high-profile site with such a long history of damage. It is our aim that the walkers on the Pennine Way in 2050 look back on their passage through the Derbyshire moorlands with wonder rather than the current horror."
The vital work Heli-Lift Services have done with their partners on the Pennine Way continues play a fundamental role in the regeneration of this once beautiful and utterly unique habitat.
By working to reverse erosion and regenerate vegetation, it is hoped there will be long-term improvements in the peat and water courses of the area. Not only do they provide a habitat for rare plants and wildlife but any reduction in erosion on the high sided peaks allows water to flow cleanly into the water filtration plants.
Hundreds of years ago the hills were quite literally alive with vast networks of heather. The stable and fertile landscape gave way to biodiversity and wildlife was prolific. Today, we can only wonder at what the view must have been; because until recently the effect of the Industrial Revolution was its main notable feature.
Bleak and stark to behold, the hilltops have suffered badly. Local areas suffered ecologically as they boomed industrially. Fumes from chimneys created acid rain that helped destroy habitats like the blanket bog on Black Hill; which is one of the world's rarest habitats and helps combat climate change. Hilltops became scarred and barren, almost completely void of the life it once knew.
However, the Lottery-funded Moors for the Future project, along with Heli-Lift Services, took to the sky to help reverse the damage. Heli-Lift Services’ spread 163 tonnes of heather brash, cut from areas of moorland on the Peak District National Park Authority's Eastern Edges estate, over the barren summits aiming to restore large parts of the Peak District moors.