The Environment Agency has received £160,000 in Defra funding to restore peatlands to their natural state across England’s Northwest.
The EA will work alongside the Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Warrington Borough Council, United Utilities, and other partners to restore upland and lowland peatlands on six sites.
This will be achieved by blocking drainage ditches, building peat bunds, and working with the local topography to retain water on the sites and provide a better environment to help bogland plant species grow.
The benefits drawn from this project include: improved carbon sequestration, reduced flood risk by slowing down rain water flow, and the provision of wildlife habitats.
According to the EA, peatlands provide 70% of our drinking water, store more than 3.2bn tonnes of CO2, and provide a habitat for a wide range of wildlife and birds such as the merlin, dunlin, and golden plover.
"Well-maintained peatlands are an iconic aspect of the English landscape and are a vital part of the natural ecosystem," says Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey. "They provide key habitats for wildlife, supply us with clean water and reduce carbon emissions.
"This scheme will help fulfill our ambition to be the first generation to leave the natural environment in a better state while returning thousands of hectares of peatland to their natural state."