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Council grants Eastern Moors Partnership lease for Sheffield moors

Last modified: 17 September 2015

Mountain biking at Eastern Moors

Image: Emma Wagner

Sheffield Council has approved a proposal to hand over the management of some of the city’s best-loved moorland to the Eastern Moors Partnership. 

At a cabinet meeting on Wednesday 16 September, the Council agreed to grant a 25-year lease of Burbage, Houndkirk and Hathersage Moors to the Partnership, a National Trust/RSPB joint initiative. 

Comprising of around four square miles, this dramatic moorland landscape boasts eight scheduled monuments, an abundance of wildlife and is a popular site for outdoor recreation in the Peak District. 

Situated on the edge of Sheffield, the moors are a welcome addition to the Eastern Moors Partnership’s landholding; it currently already manages ten square miles of stunning upland on the doorstep of the city.

Danny Udall of the Eastern Moors Partnership said: “We are delighted and honoured that Sheffield City Council has agreed to entrust this beautiful moorland to us. These moors are hugely important to many people so we will soon be launching a public consultation, which will have a significant influence on how we manage the land over the next five years and beyond. Together, I am confident we will be able to achieve the very best for Burbage, Houndkirk and Hathersage Moors, delivering great things for both people and wildlife.”

Councillor Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “We are fortunate to have this superb natural landscape on our doorstep. It is entrusted to our care for future generations and it is our responsibility to ensure that it is managed sustainably as well as ensuring it remains a great recreational asset.

“This new lease agreement with the National Trust and RSPB allows these groups to plan the management and bring investment into this sensitive area over a longer time-scale, using their extensive expertise and resources.

“As The Outdoor City, we in Sheffield have a particular love for, and pride in, the stunning landscapes on our doorstep. We therefore take our responsibility as a landowner extremely seriously and want to ensure that these cherished moorlands are run by the very best people for the job.” 

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