Peak valley work to reduce fire risk

Work to restore the historic landscape of a Peak District valley begins next month.

A conifer plantation originally planted as a crop in the Burbage Valley will be removed and then be replaced by oak trees and wet woodland, and restored to heathland.

The conifer plantation was planted in the early 1970s as a crop.

However many of the trees have blown over and they now represent a fire risk.

While the felling of the conifers is taking place, the path to the woods will be temporarily closed and walkers diverted along the ridge above the plantation or past the Iron Age fort.

A new path will be created once the project is completed by the end of March 2015.

Work will only take place on weekdays to reduce the impact on weekend visitors.