Yorkshire Peat Partnership

Since 2009, The Yorkshire Peat Partnership has been working with landowners, contractors, keepers, agents and farmers to help restore Yorkshire’s internationally important peatlands.

Why the Yorkshire Peat Partnership?

Yorkshire is home to almost 30% of the UK’s upland habitat but sadly less than 20% of the UK’s peatlands remain undamaged. Peatlands host specialist bird species such as curlews and rare plants such as cranberry and peat forming sphagnum mosses. Peatland habitats are also vital for water quality, carbon storage and to help slow down global warming. Without projects to help stop these habitats degrading we will lose a very precious resource.

What are the aims of the YPP?

The Yorkshire Peat Partnership aims to meet the following goals:

  • Survey 35,000ha of peatland.
  • Block approximately 2,500km of grips and 900km of gullies.
  • Restore nearly 190ha of bare peat.
  • Support high quality research and monitoring and promote best practice and raise awareness of the importance of peat.

What are the Yorkshire Peat Partnership's achievements?

YPP has blocked 1,110km of drainage channels and revegetated 50ha of exposed peat. YPP has monitored 7 restoration sites, surveyed over 70,000ha and produced over 60 communication outputs. YPP has worked with universities to ensure high quality research and monitoring. Overall, YPP has implemented restoration works on nearly 25 sites to contribute to the survival of Yorkshire’s peatlands.

Who has been involved in YPP?

The Yorkshire Peat Partnership is led by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, funded by Natural England, Environment Agency, Yorkshire Dales NPA, Yorkshire Water, North York Moors NPA and supported by National Trust, Pennine Prospects, Nidderdale AONB, Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, National Farmers Union and the Moorland Association.

YPP has worked with over 40 volunteers and collaborates with the University of York, Leeds, Hull and Gloucestershire to deliver high quality research and workshops.

Wharfedale in Yorkshire is a valley favoured by nature and enriched by romance. From 'Wharfedale' by Ella Pontefract & Marie Hartley

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