Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s restoration work on the most eroded area of blanket bog in Yorkshire is receiving a boost with a whopping £312,000 grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation.
Fleet Moss is one of the most degraded upland peatlands in Yorkshire. The bog is criss-crossed with drainage ditches (grips) and erosion channels (gullies) that flush water and sediment into the Wharfe and Ure river catchments. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has already installed hundreds of dams and sediment traps on Fleet Moss to hold water and peat on the bog and allow vegetation to re-establish. In some areas, though, so much sediment is eroding that the traps are already full and over-flowing within months of being installed; normally this would take years. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust urgently needs to return to build up the height on the sediment traps and plant more cotton-grass and bog mosses – thanks to the generous funding from Garfield Weston Foundation, they can!