Moors for the Future and Coldhouse

At Coldhouse we travel the world making films and taking photographs, which means we are lucky enough to make our living in some of the most beautiful wild environments on the planet. As a business that is intrinsically linked to nature and made up of outdoor fanatics, we see it as our moral obligation to move towards protecting these fragile natural spaces, and putting something back into the land on which we love to work and play.

We chose to partner with Moors for the Future – through our 1% for the Planet membership – so we can contribute to the restoration of healthy natural ecosystems in the Peak District and to reverse some of the human damage that has been done to the places we know and love.  

The aim of the partnership is for Coldhouse to aid Moors for the Future in their conservation work, restoring vegetation and monitoring the restoration techniques. We will contribute to raising awareness of the vital benefits of blanket bogs and the important work that Moors for the Future carries out, through photos, video and social media, along with contributing to the upkeep of the peat level monitoring systems.

Here at Coldhouse we are determined to be at the forefront of the way businesses interact NGOs, not just to look good on paper but a real commitment, to limit our negative impact on the natural world and to improve it for future generations of adventurers.  We believe that our relationship with Moors for the Future and the work that they are doing in restoring the Peak District’s natural environment fits perfectly with these goals.

Our studio and our home is in Sheffield, on the edge of the Peak District National Park.  We are very lucky to have this amazing landscape on our doorstep, we all make use of it on a daily basis for sport and relaxation, this is vital to our health and wellbeing. However we have become all too aware of the negative impact humans have had on the Peak District as well as other natural environments across the UK.  

Pressure from industry, pollution, intensive grazing and population growth amongst other factors has left the country with very few really natural environments.

Set up in 2003, Moors for the Future is a partnership lead by the Peak District National Park Authority, with the aim of conserving and improving the land management of the uplands in the Peak District and Southern Pennines. Of primary importance to the partnership is the restoration of blanket bogs in the area.  Since the industrial revolution the blanket bogs that once made up a large proportion of our moorland have been hugely degraded by human activity; 250 years of industrial pollution has stripped the uplands of its carpet of vegetation leaving vast areas of bare peat.

The work that Moors for the Future carries out is largely aimed at restoring vegetation – including sphagnum moss – to areas of bare peat moorland to reduce erosion and restore natural habitat.  Sphagnum moss can absorb up to 20 times its weight in water, which means it keeps water on the hill for longer, reducing the likelihood and impact of flooding in the watercourses below. Healthy blanket bogs also play a vital role in storing carbon, and offsetting climate change. As well as this blanket bogs are also important for drinking water quality, preventing wildfires, and are a vital habitat for endangered species of plants and animals.

We hope to ensure that future generations get to enjoy all the benefits these special areas have to offer, and are proud to be a part of the journey towards the mass restoration of healthy ecosystems in the UK.   

Find out more about Moors For The Future Partnership and the important work they do at www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk

1% for the Planet connects businesses and individuals with environmental non-profits, ensuring that donations go to where they are needed. To date more than $175m has been put back into the environment globally through the 1% initiative. Businesses that join 1% for the Planet commit to supporting approved environmental non-profit partners by committing to donate the equivalent of 1% of sales through a combination of monetary, in-kind, and approved advertising contributions.

To find out more about ‘1% for the planet’, visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org