As for so many of us, 2020 was a challenging year for the Yorkshire Peat Partnership. Our restoration season - the time we can work on the moors - runs from November to March, working around the breeding bird and grouse shooting seasons.
We had to adapt our working practices to ensure that everyone working on the vital project could safely continue. Despite difficulties, we worked on 3,113 hectares of peatland, which included:
- blocking 82.9 km of eroding grips - drainage dtiches - and gullies to slow the flow of water off the hills
- re-shaping and planting 73.8 km of grips and gully edges
- planting 33 ha of bare peat with bog vegetation
- planting 85,596 cotton grass plugs in bare peat
- planting 126,500 sphagnum moss plugs
- re-establishing sphagnum in 38 ha of existing damaged blanket bog vegetation