Last night Bradford Council voted unanimously (9/9) to recognise the significant environmental harm caused by heather burning and to implement a heather cutting programme. Burning has been retained for circumstances where it can be clearly shown as the only option available, which will require a substantial cost/benefit analysis to prove – not easy at all. This marks a significant departure from ‘traditional’ management of the moor for shooting.
Perhaps even more significantly, the campaign also secured a public consultation on the long-term management of the moor. That is such good news.