Kinder Scout in peat moor 'green slime' trial

Image caption When robbed of moss covering, peat is vulnerable to erosion from rainfall and footfall

An experimental "green slime" is being used in an attempt to save one of Britain's favourite beauty spots.

Kinder Scout, in Derbyshire's Peak District, sees tens of thousands of ramblers a year but is also covered in delicate peat bogs.

These absorb both atmospheric carbon and potential floodwater but have been damaged by pollution and wild fires.

Teams are now spraying the peat with a moss and nutrient mix "slime", with the aim of growing a protective cover.

The Moors for the Future Partnership is carrying out the work, funded by the Environment Agency, on behalf of the National Trust who care for the land.

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Image caption The moss "slime" is sprayed on to the peat from a backpack, which means larger areas can be covered

As well as trialling the sphagnum moss/nutrient mix, the project is scattering moss beads on affected areas and also planting moss by hand.

Matt Buckler, conservation programme manager for Moors for the Future, said: "These trials are the culmination of six years' research and development with our partners.

"Together we are leading the way to establishing sphagnum moss, which is the key activity for sustainable moorland restoration in this country and many countries around the world."

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