Welcome to the Yorkshire Peat Partnership

Part of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Demo YPP photo.

Who are we?
 The Yorkshire Peat Partnership, or YPP, is an umbrella organisation comprising the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Natural England, North York Moors National Park Authority, Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency. It also receives support from Nidderdale AONB, Pennine Prospects, Environment Agency, National Trust, Moorland Association, National Farmers Union and Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust. The aim of the partnership is to restore and conserve upland peat resources in order to ensure the long-term future these unique and valuable habitats

The potential project area is vast, encompassing the uplands of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Nidderdale AONB, North York Moors National Park and areas of the South Pennines, North of the river Calder. Within the Yorkshire region alone there is nearly 70,000 ha of upland peat soil, upon which a staggering 4,350,000 m of grips (drainage channels) have been incised! There is a real and pressing need to undertake restoration in the Yorkshire region in order to protect these precious carbon sinks.

What do we do?
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Latest News

Winter 2013/14

21/ 02/ 2014

Another busy season for the YPP team! Find out more in this update or, for more regular updates on the project, 'Like' us on Facebook as Yorkshire Peat Partnership or follow us on Twitter @ypp_peat (links provided in this update).

10,000 hectares of peatland restored!

23/ 05/ 2013

YPP and partners have achieved a significant restoration milestone; 10,000 hectares of peatland restored! Read all about it here.

Thesis exploring blanket bog management and its ecological impact

15/ 04/ 2013

 Elaine Archer has completed her MSc dissertation with the University of York entitled "Considering blanket bog heather management practices and their ecological and ecosystem services impact." Have a look.

Numbers are in!

12/ 04/ 2013

YPP have calculated how much work has been completed from the beginning of the project until now. Take a look at these numbers!

YPP and the University of Gloucestershire

08/ 04/ 2013

Over the last 2 years YPP have been co-funding PhD research into palaeoecological techniques to inform mire and moorland conservation, find out more here.

Leeds University and Natural England Workplace Cooperative a success

28/ 03/ 2013

The Yorkshire Peat Partnership successfully supported research work as part of the Workplace Cooperative, a scheme to support student research with Leeds University Geography Department and Natural England.

Read the YPP Newsletter!

18/ 03/ 2013

Have a look at our latest YPP Spring Newsletter. It should tell you all you need to know about YPP over the coming few months!

Students and stakeholders; how to manage a moor?

07/ 03/ 2013

The Yorkshire Peat Partnership successfully supported a stakeholder engagement workshop with Dr. Lucie Middlemiss from the Sustainability Research Unit at Leeds University. The day trip took place at Cray Moss, a National Trust site, the main research question that the day centred around was; What are the tensions and synergies between stakeholders associated with peatland restoration?

Tim Thom on the BBC

07/ 03/ 2013

Click here to see Tim Thom and Andrew Walker from Yorkshire Water on BBC Look North talking about the Yorkshire Water funded restoration work taking place in Nidderdale.

YPP on BBC radio Leeds

28/ 01/ 2013

Astrid from YPP enlightens us about lichens on BBC radio Leeds. These fascinating organisms thrive on upland peatlands, particularly Cladonia spp. Have a listen.....http://www.facebook.com/YorkshirePeatPartnership

Another busy year ahead

28/ 01/ 2013

As always, YPP is very busy currently delivering 2012/13 ground works. Winter is our busiest time for restoration works and contractors are up on site blocking grips, reprofiling and revegetating. Click on the heading to see 2012/13 predicted works programme.

Tim Thom talks about the S. Pennines

20/ 11/ 2012

Tim Thom talks about the damage and restoration on a Yorkshire Peat Partnership restoration site in the S. Pennines; have a read here

YPP on Radio York

31/ 10/ 2012

Our very own Mark has been interviewed by Radio York about the the unmanned aerial flight over Cray Moss with the Science and Technology Facilities Council, a Natural Trust site in the Yorkshire Dales. Follow this link to our Facebook page to listen to the interview. http://www.facebook.com/YorkshirePeatPartnership

Successful YPP monitoring season!

12/ 10/ 2012

YPP has successfully implemented restoration works monitoring in the Dales and the North York Moors. A volunteer workshop was held at Brimham Rocks in conjunction with Stephen Morley from the National Trust. Over 20 people attended and the day was successful. To date, 3 sites have been monitored by Astrid and Mark with the help of Pete and a dedicated few volunteers.

University of York research update

12/ 10/ 2012

The Defra project lead by the University of York and supported by YPP looking at the restoration of blanket bog vegetation for biodiversity, carbon sequestration and water regulation has had a successful field season. For more information visit the project website at; https://sites.google.com/a/york.ac.uk/peatlandesuk/home.

Two more sites surveyed!

13/ 08/ 2012

Over the last few weeks the team has completed 2 more pre-restoration surveys in Nidderdale and Wharfedale. The area covered is over 2100 hectares which, in light of recent events, is equivalent to the size of nearly 9 Olympic Parks - if they were on steep hills and had areas of long heather to wade through!  

Research News

12/ 04/ 2012

With help from YPP the University of York has begun installing equipment for a large-scale research programme. The research sites include sites in the Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale and the Forest of Bowland.


Countryfile films YPP!

12/ 04/ 2012

A TV film crew have been out with presenter Tom Heap filming peatland restoration work for BBC Countryfile on a North York Moors restoration site on which the Yorkshire Peat Partnership are managing the restoration. We will let you know when it will be aired!