‘It has become them and us’: the battle to burn England’s moorlands

2nd May, 2021

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Gamekeeper Tom Adamson uses a batter to smother the flames during burning on Barden Moor in the Yorkshire Dales. Photograph: Richard Saker/The Guardian


It’s been dry for days. The breeze gently ruffling the tops of maroon-coloured heather and clumps of tall, pale grasses is neither too strong nor too weak. There is a pleasing squelch to the moss-covered peat below. These are the perfect conditions for burning.

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