DEFRA gives £10m to restore peatlands
A £10m injection of Government money will help restore more than 10,000 football pitches-worth of England’s iconic peatlands.
The Government says this vital work will also abate and store an estimated 23,000 tonnes of carbon per year, contributing to the UK’s climate change goals.
Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “Peatlands are an iconic aspect of the English landscape which are not only a haven for wildlife but also provide us with clean water and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Countryside Alliance Director of
Shooting Adrian Blackmore welcolmed the announcement, she said: “Grouse moor managers have been working with DEFRA and Natural England for years to block drains, revegetate bare peat and encourage the growth of sphagnum moss. This new investment is a welcome contribution to the cause of peatland improvement, and shows that the Government appreciates the value of this work to wildlife, water quality and the climate.”