31/03/2011 04:45 PM
The Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) has submitted a proposal to the government to fence off nearly 30 acres of Glenridding Common and a well-used walking route up to Helvellyn.
Under the scheme, the land – which contains rare juniper woodland – will be fenced off for 15 years to keep animals out and give the juniper chance to re-establish itself.
The plans have been developed by the LDNPA in conjunction with Natural England and local graziers. The Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will decide on whether to approve the proposals.
Andrew Herbert, head of environment and heritage for the national park, said fencing was needed to promote the regeneration and growth of juniper by the exclusion of grazing animals.
"Grazing is preventing the natural regeneration of juniper on the common and the proper establishment of young plants that are still present," he said.
"Successful regeneration of the juniper will contribute to meeting national scientific conservation targets and enhance this important part of the national park’s spectacular landscape."
Last year, the National Trust secured over £2.5 million to carry out major restoration work on Kinder Scout, a historic moorland plateau in the Peak District. The project will see temporary fencing put up to restore the land.