Pennine PeatLIFE is funded by the EU LIFE programme with match funding from Yorkshire Water, United Utilities, Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency. Pennine PeatLIFE is led by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership in collaboration with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Forest of Bowland AONB Partnership.
Pennine PeatLIFE has four main objectives
1) Using Sphagnum-based restoration techniques we will restore 1353ha of eroding blanket bog in the wet, cold and higher altitude Pennines of northern England.
2. We will trial a new payment for ecosystem services (PES) system, the UK Peatland Code, to ascertain if it can be a viable source of much needed income for peatland restoration.
3. We will use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to develop and assess new ways of monitoring change in blanket bog vegetation, carbon stocks and water levels.
4. Through a programme of events, conferences, webinars, demonstration days and social media stories we will pass on our knowledge and experience to a wide range of audiences across the UK and Europe.