Our peat restoration programme is reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and the risk of flooding

We have restored over 78% of Abbeystead’s bare peat identified in surveys, reducing Co2 the emissions they emit annually by 60%

Our programme of peatland restoration has restored over 78% of bare peat identified in surveys, reducing Co2 the emissions they emit annually by 60%. 
Peatland provides an important habitat for flora and fauna, stores water - which helps to reduce flooding - and is a natural store for carbon, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  
The restoration of peatland is a priority for the UK Government and all moorland managers.  

Surveys carried out on the Abbeystead Estate, Lancashire, showed there were 39.2 hectares of bare peat, eroded by a population of gulls polluting the soils, leading to overgrazing. We have since restored over 78% of these areas to bring a reduction of more than 60% in the Co2 emissions they emit annually.  

Environment Agency research has shown that water runoff from treated areas has already been reduced by 50%, slowing the flow into the headwaters of the catchment and alleviating the risk of flooding downstream.

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