Soil and the vegetation growing on it are major stores of sequestered carbon. Well managed, they can absorb huge quantities of CO2. Badly managed, and they will add enormously to climate change as peat dries out, woodland and heather cover burn and fields become bio-diversity deserts.

The Hope Valley contains large areas of upland peat bog and heather moorland. The valley sides are a mixture of woodland and grassland. The valley bottoms are substantial watercourses, transport corridors and human habitat. All these ecosystems need protecting from carbon loss and managing to increase their ability to absorb carbon from the atmosphere.

Hope Valley Climate Action has active projects to increase the amount of tree cover in appropriate areas, to manage the roadside verges and transport corridors in ways which encourage biodiversity, and to help nature recover on the valley sides.

We have campaigned to eliminate the use of peat in garden and herbicides on public land and to ensure that our community voice is heard by DEFRA as they deploy the new farm subsidy scheme (ELMS).

We would love to do more but we need more people involved. If you want to get your hands dirty planting trees or surveying wildlife or if you care passionately about these issues and want to get involved in campaigning and educating, please get in touch with one of our projects or contact for more information.


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Seeing Creation in Hathersage
Seeing Creation – Hathersage Parish Church, Sun/Mon 1st-2nd May 2022. The Land Group of HVCA was just one of a host of different groups setting out their stalls in the Parish Church on the bank holiday weekend to celebrate “Creation” in a variety of ways.  Most of the exhibits were artistic in one way or another: exquisite […]
Land Use Enquiry
House of Lords Inquiry into Land Use in England – EDGE response to Call for Evidence. Download response The Edge The Edge is a built and natural environment think tank and network. It is multi-disciplinary in a landscape remarkable for its abundance of single-discipline institutions. Land use strategy The Edge strongly supports the development of a […]
Tree planting at Bretton
I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to write to thank you so much for organising so many people to plant last weekend.  Having so many went a long way to making it such a successful day – helped by the weather too.  I’m really delighted at the planting progress – we did a few […]
Land Group Meeting  16 February
The Rewilding and Food and Farming Groups of HVCA are being reformed as the Land Group. We will be holding an inaugural meeting by zoom on Wednesday the 16th of February to agree our scope, aims, ways of working etc. We already have a number of projects which fit within the new group including tree planting, […]
Moors, wildfires and climate change
Peatlands are the UK’s largest carbon store Healthy peatlands are important carbon sinks and in the Peak District they store 20 million tonnes of carbon. Moors are therefore important in mitigating climate change and peatlands are important in reducing flooding. Wildfire risk Wildfires pose a significant risk to blanket bog habitats and, whether caused deliberately […]
Protecting People and Planet from Pesticides
For many years pesticides have been considered a useful tool in the range of equipment used for managing the natural landscape to suit the needs of humanity – whether that be growing food or creating acceptable looking living environments. Rachel Carson’s seminal book Silent Spring was a gamechanger when she showed the downside of dowsing […]
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Groups and Projects


A tree for every villager – contact hughesonline@btinternet.comBamford’s main project has been planting a tree for every villager. We have so far planted 400 trees, with 400 more to go! We have a Treemometer in the Anglers Rest showing progress towards our target – nearly there!

Mam Tor

A plantation of trees is being planned on private land in the Hope Valley, close to Mam Tor'. The proposed planation will have half the area (approx. 600 sq m) planted intensively ( 3 – 4 saplings per sq m) while the other half will be planted conventionally (saplings 1 -2 meters apart) with the same indigenous species. Planting is proposed to take place in the 2022 – 2023 planting season). The Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield will coordinate monitoring research on-site with postgraduate students. More details as the project plan is developed.

Hathersage Rewilding Group

We aim to enhance and protect nature and wildlife, and to increase biodiversity in our local area. Two of our actions are tree planting and improving verges/grassland. - contact Carol Collins or  Jim Miles

Garden Wild

Wildlife gardening

Gardens can provide a home for wildlife too share ideas and visit gardens - contact Carol Collins or  Jim Miles

Thornhill Carrs

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s rewilding project near Bamford – see the video here - get involved in recording the wildlife – contact

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Land Use Enquiry

House of Lords Inquiry into Land Use in England – EDGE response to Call for Evidence. Download response The Edge The Edge is a built

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