Where are we at?


So far, YPP has done desk-based surveys of over 45 sites in the Yorkshire uplands which amounts to 36,509 hectares which have been mapped for grips, gullies and bare peat. 24 of these sites have now been surveyed on the ground. This adds up to 8918.8ha which is roughly the size of over 7300 steep, uneven, cold, wet & windy football pitches!

In winter 2009-2010, grip blocking began on 2 sites – one in the Yorkshire Dales and one in Nidderdale. Heavy snow buried the machines for a few weeks but the work was completed despite the delay caused by the weather. Over in the North York Moors, revegetationtechniques were trialledon an area of one site using various combinations of heather brash, grass seed, lime and fertiliser.

In the winter of 2010-2011, restoration work took place on 5 of the sites surveyed. A second stage of work has began at the site in Nidderdale and the gully blocking, peat hag reprofiling and bare peat restoration has been done at the Dales site where grip blocking was completed last year. Grip blocking also took place at a second site in the Dales. Two sites in the North York Moors have had grips and gullies blocked and bare peat restoration work done.

So far this winter (2011-2012), At a Coverdale site, over 500 sediment traps (types of dams) were installed into eroding drains and over 3 hectares of bare peat has been revegetated using heather brash and grass seeds. In Littondale, work has been completed on National Trust land; nearly 9000m of drains have been blocked using peat dams and almost 3 hectares of bare peat has been revegetated. In the North York Moors, over 20,000m of drains have been blocked and nearly 4 hectares of bare peat has been revegetated.

To date the Yorkshire Peat Partnership will have, at the very least, blocked over 350,000 m of drains and revegetated more than 36 ha of bare peat. With contractors, YPP has constructed over 40,000 dams so far to help stop further loss of Yorkshires unique and compelling peatlands.