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Lancashire to benefit from £2.4m peatlands investment

Posted: 09/11/23

Lancashire is set to benefit from a £2.4million investment into restoring its peatlands, which are vital for reducing the county’s carbon levels, as well as a haven for wildlife.

It means an area of peatland nearly as big as 2,000 football pitches across sites in Lancashire and Cumbria can be restored.

The county council is due to receive £1.2m from Natural England’s Nature for Climate Peatland Grant scheme. This will be doubled thanks to match funding from United Utilities, National Trust, Wyre Rivers Trust, Grosvenor Estate and private landowners, resulting in a spend of £2.4m.

Peatlands are an iconic feature of England’s landscape and support better water quality and natural flood management.  Lancashire’s peatlands have the potential to capture thousands of tonnes of CO2.

Lancashire also secured £1.4m investment, as part of the UK’s efforts to tackle climate change in October 2022, from the Government’s Nature for Climate Peatland Restoration Grant Scheme, bringing the total investment secured to £3.8m in the last 13 months.

Article taken from Lancashire County Council, click here to view original article for more information.