Conservationists have drawn up plans to create a “Great North Bog” stretching from the Midlands to the Scottish border. The peatland restoration project, which will cost more than £200 million over 20 years, is a key part of Britain’s climate ambitions. Covering five national parks — the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, Lake District and Northumberland — the plan involves protecting and repairing 2,700 square miles of upland peat. With Britain hosting the COP26 UN climate summit in November, ministers are keen to back projects with tangible environmental benefits. Described by officials as “England’s national rainforests”, peatlands absorb and hold millions of tonnes of carbon.
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