Land

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 hughesonline@btinternet.com for more information.

 

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  • …if you have qualifications and/or experience in sustainable building or green energy generation and would like to offer your expertise to the group
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Our news

The Edge, Kinder
The peat bogs of the British Isles contain more carbon than all the forests of France and Germany combined. It is vital that we keep them in a healthy state to keep all that carbon locked away so that it does not contribute to climate change. As long as they are wet and growing, they […]
Hope Valley air quality and the impact of burning on the Moor
Hello everyone It has been a year since we deployed our first Air Quality sensors in the Hope Valley, a big Thank-you if you are hosting a sensor. We now have 12 of them spread throughout the Valley Link to Report on Moor Burning and AQ The  sensors have been quietly logging data and this has […]
Pesticide Free
Mike Pedlar recently came across this excellent document written in 2019 about the damage caused by pesticides. It is entitled “A proposal for a pesticide free Rochdale, Heywood & Middleton” by Dr Ana Kozomara, who has PHD in Genomics, Raichael Lock, a PhD student, researching soil fertility at University of Manchester and Adam Williams, Environment […]
Give bees a chance – action on pesticides
The Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is seeking views on the sustainable use of pesticides. Hope Valley Climate Action is keen to encourage people to respond in an informed way, so we have prepared this briefing note on the issues. It contains lots of links so you can go further into […]
Plant life
Road verge wild flowers in Hope Valley At our zoom meeting to discuss roadside verge management the HVCA Rewilding Group heard from Kate Petty from Plantlife that we have lost 95% of our wildflower meadows. Road verges contain around 700 wildflower species, including some of the rarest species. They provide good grassland habitat, providing food e.g. […]
Bio-diversity is a climate change issue
The connection between biodiversity and climate change  “Without biodiversity there is no future for humanity”  Prof David Macdonald Oxford University Although it is not as obvious a connection as burning fossil fuels, bio-diversity is very much a climate change issue. Healthy eco-systems are nature’s own carbon capture and storage systems as well as providing lots […]
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Groups and Projects

Bamford

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 carolwcollins61@gmail.com or  Jim Miles jimjmiles@gmail.com

Garden Wild

Wildlife gardening

Gardens can provide a home for wildlife too share ideas and visit gardens - contact Carol Collins carolwcollins61@gmail.com or  Jim Miles jimjmiles@gmail.com

Thornhill Carrs

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s rewilding project near Bamford – see the video here - get involved in recording the wildlife – contact hughesonline@btinternet.com
See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKwkWVsB6d

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Our news

Pesticide Free

Mike Pedlar recently came across this excellent document written in 2019 about the damage caused by pesticides. It is entitled “A proposal for a pesticide

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Plant life

Road verge wild flowers in Hope Valley At our zoom meeting to discuss roadside verge management the HVCA Rewilding Group heard from Kate Petty from

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