Turley Holes (MoorLIFE Project)

Introduction

Turley Holes and Higher House Moor, owned by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust covers 665 ha of blanket bog and is home to a variety of moorland plants including cottongrass. However, erosion as a result of atmospheric pollution and wild fire had led to the exposure of bare peat. Therefore, the site was restored through the MoorLIFE Project, overseen by Moors for the Future Partnership.

Restoration Delivered

Restoration activities undertaken by the MoorLIFE Project included:

  • 1,200 bags of heather brash flown in and spread
  • Over a half a kilometre of geo-textile used to stabilise bare peat
  • 360 tonnes of lime and fertiliser spread to create the appropriate growing conditions on the acidic soil for nursery crops
  • Five tonnes of grass and heather seed sown to kick-start the revegetation process
  • Area fenced off and 60 million Sphagnum fragments spread
  • 23,000 native plug plants including bilberry and crowberry introduced to help with the revegetation.

MoorLIFE Project

The MoorLIFE project was made possible by a £5.5m grant from the European Union’s LIFE+ programme. 

MoorLIFE’s scale and success is very much the result of partnership working. The project was co-ordinated by the Peak District National Park, delivered by Moors for the Future Partnership and co-funded by the European Commission’s Life+ Programme. Partners included Environment Agency, Natural England, National Trust, United Utilities and Yorkshire Water.

{"zoom":6,"lat":53.6884752,"lon":-2.0063828,"markers":{"0":{"lat":53.6884752,"lon":-2.0063828}}}

Project Name: Turley Holes (MoorLIFE Project)

Organisation / Lead partner: Moors for the Future Partnership

Location: Peak District National Park

Approximate area covered: 665 ha

Conservation Status: Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Predominately: Upland

Peat Habitats: Blanket bog

Project Type: Restoration

Year Project Began: 2010

Project End Date: 2015

Peatland Pavilion concept
Peatland Pavilion will feature at UN Climate Change Conference (COP26)The Peatland Pavilion will provide a hub for highlighting the important role that peatlands play…
Bord na mona
United Nations recognizes major Irish Peatland Restoration initiativeDianna Kopansky of the United Nations Environment Programme has recognised the initiative led by…
GPI logo
Open call! Your opportunity to participate as a Contributing Author for the GPI’s upcoming Global Peatlands AssessmentThe Global Peatlands Initiative are currently looking for Contributing Authors (CAs) to participate…
Peatlands Are...
Reflections from Bog Day 2021This year's Bog Day was celebrated around the world on Sunday 25th July - bringing peatlands to the…
Power Station image
UK invests over £30m in large-scale greenhouse gas removalWe are delighted to support this project which will investigate the management of peatlands to…
IUCN UK PP Conf 21
Conference 2021 Registration OpenSign up for this year's IUCN UK Peatland Programme conference ‘Peatlands in Partnership: a road to…
Butterburn flow
Nature for Climate Peatland Grant SchemeInformation about the scheme to restore English peatlands and how to apply for funding.
IUCN UK PP Conference 2021
IUCN UK PP Conference 2021 - Save the dateSave the Dates: 13th - 16th September 2021
Minister Poots pictured with Jennifer Fulton, CEO of Ulster Wildlife
Northern Ireland Peatland Strategy ConsultationEnvironment Minister, Edwin Poots has launched a public consultation on the draft Northern Ireland…
Virtual Peatland Pavilion
Peatland Pavilion proposal for COP26 programmeOpportunity to contribute to and participate in proposing and shaping the first ever dedicated…
Diggers on Bwlch y Groes
Wales’ first carbon-funded peatland restoration project is complete!A peatland restoration project at Bwlch y Groes on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park is the…
England launches Peat Action Plan
England launches Peat Action PlanThe IUCN UK Peatland Programme welcomes the long-awaited publication of the England Peat Action…