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Returning Peatlands
To Their Natural States​

Peatland Restoration

Healthy peatlands capture carbon from the atmosphere, giving them a vital role in the fight against climate change. Restoration projects can reverse the damage caused to peatlands by historically poor land management, drainage and harvesting.

The importance of healthy peatlands

Peatlands’ naturally wet environments allow for the slow decomposition of the plants that grow on them.

This process happens over such a long time that the plants are converted to peat rather than decomposing and releasing CO2 into the atmosphere. Learn more about peatland carbon.

The issue of damaged peatlands

Sadly, 80% of the UK’s peatlands are now damaged. Rather than capturing CO2, they emit high levels at an alarming rate.

Historic land management practices have weakened blanket bog systems, meaning they can no longer sequester carbon or support the biodiversity that healthy ecosystems rely upon.

As a result, they have dried out, causing cracks to form at their foundations which prevent them from retaining the necessary levels of moisture.

Restoring peatlands with re-wetting techniques

Peatlands can be returned to their natural states through a process called re-wetting. This stops the rapid decomposition of organic materials which leads to greenhouse gas emissions.

Re-wetting methods can vary, but many include introducing new vegetation to dry peatland and creating systems that repair drainage problems to encourage moisture retention.

Support to restore peatlands

As experts in peatland restoration, our experienced consultants can work with you to identify the causes of peatland damage and create a bespoke programme of restoration. We can also support with:

Peatland valuation

Establishing peatlands’ potential carbon offset capacities and therefore their value to businesses.

Natural capital valuation

Understanding peatlands’ current and potential carbon store capacity and its value to landowners.

Carbon audit

A breakdown of degraded peatlands’ carbon emissions and the potential savings.

As a full-service consultancy, we’ll visit the site, offer guidance and provide practical restoration services to return the peatland to its natural state, in compliance with the Peatland Code.

Learn more about The peatland Code