Volunteers plant thousands of moss plants on Marsden Moor

20,000 plugs have been planted in just nine days to help the area recover from fire damage.

Over 100 volunteers have joined staff on Marsden Moor to plant thousands of moss plants to
repair the damage caused by recent fires. With four community planting days and other
volunteer days, the public have helped plant 20,000 sphagnum moss plugs in just nine days.

The rangers were also helped by planting teams from West Yorkshire Fire Service, who
helped fight the most recent fire in April.

In total, there will be 50,000 moss plugs planted on Marsden Moor this winter. The moss will
help repair some of the damage caused by moorland fires, as well as trapping carbon and
soaking up heavy rainfall.

In April this year, a major fire destroyed two square miles of moorland. It took fire crews
three days to extinguish the fire and the National Trust called in a specialist helicopter team
to assist. It’s estimated that repairing the damage will cost around £200,000.

Image Credit: National Trust

Members of the public, the local community and National Trust members donated thousands
of pounds to the Marsden Moor Fire Appeal Fund, some of which will be used to pay for the
moss plants.

Countryside Manager for the National Trust, Craig Best, said, “We’re completely bowled over
by the enthusiasm and dedication of the volunteers who joined our community planting days.
It’s great to see so many people wanting to help and give something back to this precious
landscape. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has helped us so far.”

“Every tiny bit of moss that volunteers put in the ground will be contributing to our fight
against climate change and will help us to prevent future fires.”

There will be more community planting days taking place on the 2nd and 3rd of October, with
more planned for later in the season.

To sign up and to find out more details, please e-mail marsdenmoor@nationaltrust.org.uk

For more details about the work of the National Trust click here.

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