Restoration Of North Pennines Peatland Is Praised
A project to restore one of the largest areas of bare peat in England has been recognised for its contribution in helping to reduce climate change.
The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s Peatland Programme was presented with an award at Durham County Council’s Environment Awards on Tuesday night.
Nearly ten years of restoration
For nearly ten years a team from the Partnership has been working to repair the damaged upland peat bogs of County Durham, along with similar areas in Northumberland and Cumbria.
Bare peat has a devastating impact on the environment and the North Pennines is home to 1,000km sq of the UK’s peatland. Years of erosion caused by wildfires, historic overgrazing, and human disturbances has resulted in greenhouse gases being leaked into the atmosphere which adds to the ever-growing problem of climate change.
Landscape bursting with life
Thanks to the project, which has been delivered by the AONB Partnership, damaged moorland is being transformed into a moss covered landscape which is bursting with life and is benefitting both the environment, wildlife and the people who live and work there.
Since the project began in 2006, the AONB Partnership has used ground-breaking techniques to carry out work on this very special landscape which have paved the way for similar projects not just in the UK but across the world.
Paul Leadbitter, who heads up the Peatlands Programme, and is recognised by his peers as an authority in the field, regularly speaking about restoration in the North Pennines at conferences across Europe, said: “We are delighted that our peatland restoration work has been recognised and won the Climate Change Award at the Durham Environment Awards 2015.
“Damaged peatlands in the UK emit about 10% of the nation’s total of CO2 emissions. Restoring peatlands in the North Pennines AONB contributes to lower CO2 emissions nationally and is a cost effective and natural method to mitigate climate change. The North Pennines AONB contains the largest contiguous blanket bog in England and we will continue to work with partners to ensure our peatlands are fully restored.”
Released: 01 December 2015