Moor volunteers are mass moss planting

FRIENDS of Crompton Moor shared a volunteer day with Manchester City of Trees and Moors for the Future to plant Sphagnum moss.

 

Friends of Crompton Moor volunteer day with Manchester City of Trees

Despite wet and cold conditions around 20 people visited the beauty spot to plant between 2,000 and 2,500 plugs of mixed species of Sphagnum moss.

The work will be monitored over the coming years when it is hoped the moss will spread to cover the moorland area.

Sphagnum Moss is invaluable in retaining water on the moors, helping to prevent flooding and soil erosion, and storing carbon.

This restoration work is extremely important in helping to control the tremendous amount of water run-off from the moor.

Large empty cells allow Sphagnum to store up to 20 times their own weight in water, and their ability to store tonnes of carbon, cleans the air, and can have a long-term ‘cooling effect’ on the climate.

For more information about the group and its work visit: www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Crompton-Moor

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