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Scene 3 Hebden Bridge

From Saltaire to Hebden Bridge, where ther have been three serious floods recently.

 
Hebden Bridge was subjected to two serious floods in the summer of 2012. And then again in 2015 Part of this may be due to the reduced capacity of their moors to absorb water. Blanket bog absorbs water. EMBER Report into the effects of burning on water courses, suggest using mayflies as indicators of health - there are twice as many in waters that have not been burned. 

The government organisation 'Natural England' in Vital Uplands thinks so. (Check out what the 'vital' uplands look like now and may look like in 2060. The vision seems to ignore the fact that all this land is owned by somebody, and it is they who will dictate what happens to it.)
Many moor owners, like those for Walshaw Moor Estate, above Hebden Bridge, like to burn the heather in order to encourage grouse. Mr Bannister, the owner (& owner of famous Boundary Mill store in Colne) when challenging Natural England, said that if he couldn't burn the blanket bog its grouse moor would go out of business, and the upland economy would 'fall apart'. In the last 10 years the number of grouse on that moor has increased from 100 brace to over 3000. More 
Burnt heather - allows growth of  tender young plants for young grouse to feed on. 
The Moorland Association, of which Environment Secretary under Minister of State Richard Benyon is one, lobby hard to block any bans on burning. The Moorland Association claim that burning heather lowers the carbon footprint - presumably because all the carbon goes up into the atmosphere!
Ban The Burn’s complaint to the European Commission follows the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ October 2012 request that the European Commission investigate Natural England’s new approach regarding Walshaw Moor Estate. More

2) Which is greener? Wind Farms
and cows
 
 versus  Willow grown for biomass fuel?

Has anybody done environmental impacts assessments to determine which is best for renewable energy and the environment - windfarms or willow growing?  We know which causes least complaint. A start..
3 Vegetable growing on high.

Our intrepid explorer admiring growth way above HB


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