Appeal launched for Marsden Moor after number of 'ferocious' fires

Reporter: Jess Reeves
Date published: 24 April 2019

The National Trust have set up an appeal for Marsden Moor, after a series of significant fires have erupted in the area this Spring, destroying precious habitat.

The moorland has seen six fires since the start of the year, in areas including Diggle, Delph, Uppermill, Stalybridge and Tintwistle.

The most recent blaze covered 1,500 hectares of the moorland above Delph, over the Easter weekend. It is now known as the most significant in the area in recent years and local authorities are planning to come to an agreement to help prevent further damage.

National Trust staff and volunteers at Marsden Moor are devastated at the extent of the damage caused and believe similar could reoccur in the summer months ahead if action isn't taken.

As local people and businesses in the community have asked how they can contribute towards the cost of putting out the fire and restoring the damage, donations can now be made on the National Trust website.

The appeal can be found if you click here.

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