Open meeting to discuss management of Burbage, Houndkirk and Hathersage Moors

Thu 31 Mar 2011 @ 18:00

Open meeting of Sheffield South West Community Assembly:  the National Trust/RSPB Public Lands Partnership and the BMC will be making a presentation on the Burbage, Houndkirk and Hathersage Moors.


This is the first Thursday night outdoor climbing meet of the year, please please consider attending.  The management of the Eastern Moors is undergoing considerable change.


Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow and Birchens are the principal climbing areas on Eastern Moors.    They still belong to the Peak District National Park but they are now being managed by a consortium of the National Trust and the RSPB with the support of the BMC.     The consortium is called the Public Lands Partnership and the lead management is the RSPB.  


Eastern Moors is a huge swathe of land extending from the Chatsworth (House) Estate in the south to the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate in the north.    East of Longshaw is Blackamoor and north is the Houndkirk and Hathersage Moors, including Millstone and Burbage, all of which is owned by Sheffield and “managed” by Kier Asset Property Management.         Part of the area is already subject to a temporary agricultural tenancy through the National Trust and Kier’s review of the Sheffield moorland areas has suggested that the (NT/RSPB) Public Lands Partnership be invited to negotiate a lease in the manner of the Eastern Moors arrangement: the BMC are supporting this partnership in the same manner as they supported the Eastern Moors bid.


Attending the meeting will lend support to the BMC and you may even find out what it might mean if the Eastern Moors management model is extended to within a mile or two of where most of us live.

Tapton School, Darwin Lane, Fulwood, Sheffield