The importance of peat as a store of carbon has now been recognised and restoration and conservation work is being undertaken throughout the UK.
The Yorkshire Peat Partnership is supported by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England, National Trust, Environment Agency and North York Moors National Park Authority. It was formed to work with moorland owners to help restore and then conserve the unique and valuable upland peatland habitats across large swathes of Yorkshire.
The objective in the Yorkshire Dales National Park is to help farmers and landowners to restore more natural drainage that slows the flow of water, enhances biodiversity and reduces carbon emissions across a further 5,000 hectares of degraded peatland, taking the total to 19,000 hectares by 2018.
Further information on the Yorkshire Peat Partnership and the work it is doing can be found at www.yppartnership.org.uk