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England Peat Action Plan

legislation type Executive
Action Plan
Passed in 2021
This document seeks to make the country's peatlands meet their Net Zero contribution, but also contribute to wider environmental goals. It calls for responsible management and enhancement of restoration efforts. According to this action plan, the government will take the following measures:

  • develop an updated and detailed England peat map by 2024,.
  • fund at least 35,000 ha of peatland restoration by 2025, through the Nature for Climate Fund and other sources.
  • By summer 2022, have recommendations for a more sustainable future for  lowland agricultural peatlands, developed by the Lowland Agricultural Peat Task Force. 
  • consult on banning the sale of peat and peat containing products in the amateur sector by the end of this parliament. Publish a full consultation on phasing out the use of peat in horticulture in 2021.
  • continue to protect  peat from fire by both phasing out managed burning and reducing the risk of wildfire.


    • By 2030 we want all of England’s soils to be managed sustainably;
    • We will bring 75% of Sites of Special Scientific Interest into favourable condition by 2042; and
    • We will develop a Nature Recovery Network creating or restoring 500,000 hectares of wildlife rich habitat.

    LULUCF | Fixed level target | Target year: 2030 | Base year:
from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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