A Peatland Restoration Success Story

A huge peatland restoration project at Howesyke Farm  in the Yorkshire Dales has been praised as an example of how to achieve landscape-scale moorland conservation and carbon capture. It is one of the largest such projects undertaken in the north of England.

The restored area covers more than 950 acres (equal to about 600 football pitches), across Thoralby Common, Stake Moss, Gayling and Newhouse moors and has enabled healthy vegetation and mosses to take root in areas that were previously bare.

When peatlands are in a good state of repair, they are highly effective at carbon sequestration. But when they are degraded, they can start to emit the carbon they have stored and potentially add to the effects of climate change.

The peatland restoration work was facilitated in partnership with the Yorkshire Peat Partnership.



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