National Park secures funding for peat habitats in the North York Moors
20 December 2021
The North York Moors National Park Authority has been awarded a grant of more than £250,000 to assess and develop restoration plans for all areas of blanket bog and peat habitats within its borders.
Peatlands are incredibly special habitats, characterised by wet, waterlogged soils that allow decaying vegetation to build up over time, eventually forming a layer of peat. Aside from supporting significant biodiversity, peatlands also lock away carbon and prevent its release into the atmosphere. Any damage or loss of peat habitats is therefore extremely detrimental to the environment.
Starting in January 2022, the ‘Moor to Restore’ project will survey the condition and depth of peatland throughout the North York Moors. The long-term aim for the National Park is that all areas of degraded peat habitat (approximately 4,500 hectares) will be actively undergoing restoration within the next decade. For this ambition to be achieved, the Moor to Restore project will also need to identify how maintaining healthy peatland can provide land owners and managers with sustainable incomes.
Dr Briony Fox, Director of Conservation at the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: “The last 200 years has seen significant peat loss from the North York Moors. This is due to a number of reasons including the digging of peat for fuel, agricultural improvement, drainage and wildfires.
“Restoring peatlands will support nature recovery and make a huge contribution to enhancing our resilience to climate change. By working with local communities and finding innovative ways of funding this important work, we can support land managers to deliver sustainable practices and together we can achieve solutions that benefit both nature and people.”
The funding has been awarded as part of Natural England’s Nature for Climate Grant Scheme. The award to the North York Moors is a Discovery Grant, meaning it is designed to support the initial planning stages of a project, with the expectation that further funding will be sought for landscape-scale restoration works.
The North York Moors National Park Authority will be working in partnership with global impact firm Palladium. The Moor to Restore project comes under ‘Revere’, a UK-wide collaboration between National Parks and Palladium that aims to raise private capital to fund nature restoration.
Andrew Sutherland, Director of Nature-Based Solutions at Palladium, said: “Peatlands are historically undervalued and neglected. Only now are we waking up to the huge value that healthy peatlands offer us in terms of climate change mitigation and catchment services. Through Revere, we’re delighted to be working with this innovative partnership to identify new opportunities to restore peatlands in the North York Moors with new funding sources.”
Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority.
Revere is a collaboration between UK National Parks and Palladium that aims to raise private capital to fund nature restoration in National Parks. It designs and delivers scalable Nature-based Solutions (NbS) projects that will restore degraded peatlands, grasslands, woodlands and wetlands, through the sale of monetisable ecosystem services. These include: carbon credits, biodiversity outcomes, natural flood risk management outcomes and water quality outcomes.
Revere is a first of its kind project development facility. It was created by National Parks UK in partnership with Palladium, a positive impact company that works around the globe with corporations, governments, investors and communities on nature restoration. £239m of nature restoration projects in UK National Parks have been identified for funding through Revere. Six nature restoration pilots were launched in 2021. More info: www.revere.eco
The North York Moors National Park Authority
The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 8.3 million visitors (prior to the COVID-19 pandemic) a year.
The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.
The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.
To view other press releases and for further information about the North York Moors National Park, visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk
Palladium is a global impact firm, working to link social progress and commercial growth. For nearly 60 years, we’ve been helping our clients to see the world as interconnected – by creating strategies, building partnerships, mobilising capital, and implementing programs that have a lasting social and financial impact. We simply call this “Positive Impact”.
We work with corporations, governments, investors, communities, and civil society. With a global network operating in over 90 countries, Palladium is in the business of making the world a better place. www.thepalladiumgroup.com
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