Peatlands are a globally important ecosystem, however their roles in planetary carbon dioxide regulation, water provisioning and as a habitat are not widely appreciated.
We are encouraging people to understand, value and enjoy our peatlands in a number of ways:
- Holding an annual series of events and walks, in 2013 we ran our ‘Peatland Pacer – a guided run’, ‘Bog Standard! – a guided walk’ and ‘How Deep is Your Peat?’ – view the AONB Partnership’s Events Calendar for future events and details of how to book your place.
- Writing and distributing a range of publications about our peatlands. You can download ‘Peatlands of the North Pennines’ and our popular ‘Moorland plant ID guide’ from the links below.
- Working with artists – Newcastle based artist Laura Harrington worked with sound artist Lee Patterson and film-makers Debbie Bower and Sarah Bouttell to create Layerscape (peat bogs). The film is “an immersive journey into the upland peatlands of the North Pennines and Northumberland”. It was first presented at an event at Moor House – Upper Teesdale NNR in March 2012 as part of AV Festival 12. There will be further screenings over the coming year.
- Placing over 50 peatland stories in a range of media, including television.
- In 2010/11 exploring our peatlands formed an important part of our CELL (Changing Environment Landscape Laboratory) education programme.
View the film below to learn more about the value of peat bogs to local people: