By revegetating the areas of damaged blanket bogs, long term the project aims to:
• halt the erosion of peat from the moors
• reduce the loss of carbon
• increase the amount of carbon absorption
• turn the damaged carbon sources back into carbon sinks
Over time, as the condition of our peat bogs improve (and sphagnum mosses establish), the moors will once again start taking carbon in. If we can get our upland landscape into its best ecological condition, it will be able to withstand the shocks and stresses they face from our current changing climate - such as drought and wildfires - and provide an effective long-term tool in the fight towards lowering carbon emissions. If you think that layers of peatlands can contain more than twice the amount of carbon as forests, it’s easy to understand why we think this work is so important.