Peat Performance in the Forest of Bowland

5th April 2022

A successful peatland restoration project draws to a close as funding success for another is announced in the Forest of Bowland National Landscape (National Landscape).

The Forest of Bowland National Landscape Partnership announces £200,000 peatland funding from the Nature for Climate Peatland Discovery Grant scheme. This allows the Partnership to continue the recent success of the Pennine PeatLIFE project, which has restored 250 hectares of peatland.

Peat land restoration in BowlandIn the recently announced Discovery Grants, the Forest of Bowland has been awarded £200,000 as part of a successful £418,000 bid with the National Trust, Cumbria Peat Partnership and Lancashire Peat Partnership. The bid was submitted through the Great North Bog initiative; a landscape-scale approach to upland peatland restoration and conservation across nearly 7,000 square kilometres of peatland soils in the Protected Landscapes of northern England.

This funding will enable the Partnership to survey 8,500 ha of peatland – including Historic Environment features – to establish baseline data for the condition of deep peat in the National Landscape. Within that area, 20 sites covering over 2000 ha will be surveyed in more detail to produce restoration plans. The funding in Forest of Bowland National Landscape will be match-funded by United Utilities and by a private landowner.

Peatland restoration in Bowland

This project is funded by the Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme (NCPGS) which provides funding to restore peatlands in the uplands and lowlands of England.

As one peatland project starts, another drew to a successful close in Forest of Bowland in 2021; Pennine PeatLIFE restored 250 ha of peatlands on United Utilities owned land at Langden Head, Webster’s Meadow and Hareden Fell.

The work, which was funded by the EU LIFE programme, United Utilities and the Environment Agency, and delivered in partnership with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, included:

  • installing 3,451 peat, stone and timber dams in 40km of eroding gullies.
  • reprofiling and revegetating 72km of grip and eroding gully and hag edges
  • revegetating nearly 6ha of bare peat with heather brash, seed and plug plants
  • planting 16k sphagnum plugs
  • planting 64,700 cottongrass plugs

Elliott Lorimer, Forest of Bowland National Landscape Manager, said:

“As well as being beautiful landscapes, our peatlands are home to striking wildlife, store millennia of carbon, filter our drinking water and help to reduce the risk of flooding by 'slowing the flow'. We’ve been leading restoration activity in Forest of Bowland over the last decade and I’m really looking forward to building on that success over the next.”

Rosie Snowden, Peatland Projects Manager at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, said:

“Peatland restoration is a long-term project. We’ve seen immediate benefits in Forest of Bowland, but it’s going take time for new peat to start to form. I’m thrilled that the National Landscape Partnership is going to be able to continue with this vital work.”


Traditional Boundaries Training

- 21st November 2023

All-Terrain Wheelchair Demo Day

- 20th September 2023

Tramper Taster Day

- 22nd August 2023

Pendle Peat & Pie Challenge

- 26th April 2023

New Bowland Visitor Guide

- 20th February 2023

The Festival Continues!

- 10th October 2022

Hay Time Gets Creative!

- 3rd August 2022

REBELLION IN THE FOREST

- 20th July 2022

Langden Intake Gravel

- 1st July 2022

Meadow Art Workshops

- 23rd May 2022

Discovering Wonderful Waxcaps

- 9th September 2021

Tramper Taster Day

- 8th September 2021

Visiting Bowland

- 14th June 2021

Name that Bee!

- 13th April 2021

Meadow Makers Project

- 8th April 2021

Festival Bowland 2021 is here!

- 6th January 2021

COVID-19 Update

- 5th January 2021

Covid-19 Update

- 31st December 2020

Green Recovery Challenge Fund

- 10th December 2020

Bringing Home the Turf

- 7th December 2020

Let's Support Local This Christmas

- 26th November 2020

Photo Competition Winners

- 18th November 2020

COVID-19 Update 05.11.2020

- 5th November 2020

Best of Bowland Photo Competition

- 12th October 2020

New Discover Bowland website

- 29th September 2020

Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoety

- 26th August 2020

Festival Events Go Virtual

- 10th August 2020

Days to Remember

- 31st July 2020

Coronavirus Update

- 6th June 2020

COVID-19 Update

- 20th March 2020

Hay Time Rescue - Project Summary

- 11th February 2020

Bowland Dark Skies Festival

- 6th January 2020

What is Bowland Without its Trees?

- 3rd September 2019

Postcards for Kindness

- 4th July 2019

Meadows to Morris Dancing

- 10th June 2019

Tramper Taster Day

- 15th May 2019

Half a Kilometre of Hedge

- 24th January 2019

Wildflower meadow rescue mission

- 17th October 2018

Traditional Boundaries Training

- 20th September 2018

National Landscape Family's Week

- 13th September 2018

Bowland Heads Back to the Stone Age

- 12th September 2018

Bowland by Night

- 3rd September 2018

Meadow Magic

- 18th June 2018

June is Blooming!

- 15th May 2018

Bowland Wader Project Newsletter

- 22nd February 2018

Outstanding Week 2017

- 5th September 2017

Festival Bowland Fun in Autumn

- 22nd August 2017

Summer in Bowland

- 26th June 2017

Winter Hedge Laying Workshops

- 29th November 2016