Peatland Restoration

Peatland Restoration

Peatlands are our largest terrestrial carbon store: sustainable peatland management is vital  to lock carbon safely away.

Degraded peatlands soon lose their ability to regenerate, the peat then begins to erode and oxidize, releasing carbon back into the environment.

Conserving, restoring and re wetting peatland allows natural peat bog functions to re-establish and recover over time revitalizing this impressive function as a carbon sink.

Critical to any peatland project is having skilled operators; they are the key decision makers when it comes to deciding how to approach each hag system and the methods and techniques required to restore the features encountered. Every day provides new and different challenges; staff need to be able to “read the ground, think creatively and apply prior knowledge and experience to the task in hand.

Working on peat requires the right equipment!                                                 

All our machines are low ground pressure.  with extended dipper arms and tilt hitches or buckets to give the articulation and reach required to achieve the best restoration landscaping results possible.

Services we provide:

  • Initial site visit to assess suitability for client
  • Full feasibility study service
  • Peat Hag re-profiling and re-vegetation
  • Gully blocking/Flow management with Turf, stone, wooden or aggregate dams with stone lined spill ways
  • Hill drain/Grip blocking
  • Turf bunds
  • Peat translocation
  • Mulch harvesting and spreading
  • Bare Peat Treatment
  • Moss harvesting and transplanting, Polytrichum, Spaghnum, Racometrium to allow vegetation succession.

Sustainable Peatland Management and Conservation

Peatland restoration gives us the latitude to look at sites long term.

Too often in the past funding has been channeled to undertake and complete environmental projects with no provision to protect the capital invested through effective monitoring and maintenance in years to come.  

A carefully planned restoration project provides opportunities to consider the environmental benefits it will bring to future generations.

To ensure your completed project is maintained, enhanced and ready for inspection in years to come, we can offer the following services:

  • Detailed “Health and mapping” survey of site. The survey qill include successes, failures any herbivore impacts and remedial site enhancement works required.
  • Access and techniques to address the issues identified.
  • An experienced team to undertake manual works required – Spaghnum pool seeding, plug planting and slippage and dam stabilization.
  • Supervision and guidance of stakeholders, visitors and volunteers involved in the ongoing site conservation and maintenance.


Peatland restoration brings a whole host of environmental benefits: we hope it will provide opportunities for future generations to be involved at a practical level and enjoy from an aesthetic perspective.