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.
How the local partners are doing on this objective
Progress: In 2022/23, the Yorkshire Peat Partnership completed initial restoration works on 450 ha of previously damaged peat. This included major restoration work at Fleet Moss. The total area under restoration since 2009 is now 23,421 ha. Cumbria Peat Partnership have completed restoration works to 475 ha since 2016.
Press Releases & related articles:
23 August 2022 – Sundew rises again on Dales peatland
4 May 2021 – Dales peatland ‘a stirring scene of restoration’
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
Cost over 5 years: n/a
Funding shortfall: n/a
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.