People seemed to have over-looked one thing - lightning. Before 'man' was on the scene, fires started by lightning burned far and wide (no firefighters) but nature always recovered, in fact nature benefits (it clears the scrub, which Richard above spent ages clearing - would've been a lot easier just to burn it!). Unless the land has become too over-grown the fires don't burn hot enough to damage seeds within the soil - that then get the chance to germinate.
Even today lightning remains a major cause of countryside fires.
Equally, I'm not sure how dumping tonnes of fast growing grass seed on the moors will help rare, slow-growing species survive...
Personally, I hate the 'we must manage nature' attitude that seems to be the 'big thing' at the moment. Who's to say that upland woods aren't a more valuable habitat than moorland? It's rarer, for a start. More-over, the appearance of much of our 'natural' upland areas owes nothing to 'nature conservation' - it's simply down to sheep, which stop anything from growing over a few inches.
Their rucsacs have been crap for years, as I've always maintained.
Their clothing was good, but the trade price was too high so no-one stocked it.
KSB boots were (are?) still good, providing you were into fabric boots - ah...
But the story does say 'as a going concern', so Karrimor won't be disappearing, right? Although again, I've said before I'm suprised at the number of companies in the market and the fact that they were all surviving.