Over two years, 151 hectares (370 acres) of new woodland will be planted and 85 hectares (210 acres) of peat bogs, heath and moor grass
will be restored.
Molinia caerulea 'Heidebraut' (moor grass
), a favourite with designer Gavin McWilliam, can also be used to great effect, creating a blaze of colour in an otherwise muted autumn garden.
Alan Wright, Lancashire Wildlife Trust's campaigns manager, said: "A few weeks after the fire, the blackened peat was starting to recover as moor grass
was returning to Winter Hill.
Sheep and cows on the land do not graze on the moor grass
which stops heather and bilberry growing.
Maen nhw'n arbennig o ddefnyddiol yn pori glaswellt y gweunydd (Molinia caerulea; Purple moor grass
), yn torri'r rhedyn ac yn bwyta coed helyg ifanc.
The site supports a wide range of unusual plant species, such as blue moor grass
, wildflowers including carline thistle, common rock rose, bird's foot trefoil, cowslip, fairy flax and wild thyme and meadow brown and common blue butterflies.
4 To your right is a marshy area with the typical 'dinosaur egg' shapes of purple moor grass
or 'rhos pasture', green in summer and earthy coloured in winter.
Selective grazers with strong teeth, they like the sweet young grass, but will also tackle gorse, purple moor grass
, soft rush, brambles and thistles with gusto; whilst trampling bracken and opening up the sward with their small sharp feet.
An example of the shortcomings of such testing can be found in the Dutch case of the small Natura 2000 site Binnenveld: a few acres of purple moor grass
meadows and some small base-rich fens entirely enclosed by agricultural land and the residential area of the village of Veenendaal (box 2).
Tufts of blue moor grass
(Sesleria caerulea) fan out along the edge like sea anemones.
For the Trust, the benefits lie in the control of molinia, or purple moor grass
, the main component of rhos hay.