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D3 – Peatland Restoration

How are we doing on this objective

By 2030 restore all degraded blanket bog/deep peat habitat to ecologically and hydrologically functioning bog that is actively sequestering and storing carbon, and is being managed sustainably.


Progress: Through the Yorkshire Peat Partnership a further 414 ha of degraded peatland were restored at Summer Lodge, Swaledale; and New House and Stake Moss. Bishopdale. This, takes the total restored by YPP to 20,240 ha since 2009.


Rationale: The National Park’s peatlands are a nationally-important carbon store, covering around 55,000 ha and up to 7m deep.  But much is in a poor condition as a result of artificial drainage installed in the 1970s and 1980s.  Natural drainage has been restored across 18,000 ha by the Yorkshire Peat Partnership with the support of local landowners since 2009.  Up to 37,000 ha remains to be surveyed and restored, which might take until 2040 at current rates.  The economic and environmental benefits so far outweigh the costs that the partners will lobby collectively for funding to speed up restoration.

Lead partner:  Yorkshire Peat Partnership

Supporting partners:  Natural England; Ribble Rivers Trust; National Trust; Environment Agency; Cumbria Peat Partnership; Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority; Moorland Association

Further information:   Yorkshire Peat Partnership; Cumbria Peat Partnership

Cost over 5 years:    n/a         

Funding shortfall:    n/a          

Related objectives:  A1; A8; C1; C2; D5; E4; E9

Ecosystem services: Climate regulation; Biodiversity; Water availability; Water quality; Water Flow; Soil quality; Soil erosion; Pollination; A sense of place and inspiration; Tranquillity; Recreation;

Trade-offs:    Restoration can have short-term impacts on local water quality (C3). Most restoration projects require the exclusion of livestock. Any impacts on farm business income (E9) is usually off-set through payments from agri-environment schemes.

Baseline: 19,000 ha restored as of March 2018.