Restoring large areas of peatland requires considerable capital. Heavy machinery, staff time, equipment and resources are required to block drainage systems and revegetate areas of bare peat. The majority of our restoration capital works are being funded by Natural England’s Higher Level Steward Scheme (HLS). DEFRA administers funds to Natural England for HLS as part of the Rural Development Programme for England. HLS aims to deliver environmental benefits in high priority areas and can involve complex environmental management. Natural England has committed to considerable investment in the Yorkshire Peat Partnership in order to facilitate large-scale peatland restoration. YPP has now secured Water Framework Directive funding from both Natural England and the Environment Agency to deliver even more restoration work on the ground.

The work is researched, planned, carried out and monitored by staff and resources from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust provides headquarters, staff and GIS expertise to facilitate the project and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority provides staff to manage the Partnership and drive forward ground works. The North York Moors National Park Authority, Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water also provide vital funding to help support the Partnership.