Peatland ACTION Project

Delivering peatland restoration across Scotland.


Peatland ACTION is a national programme to restore peatlands across Scotland.

It is led and funded by Scottish Government and delivered in partnership with NatureScot, Cairngorms National Park Authority, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority, Scottish Water, and Forestry & Land Scotland.  

In February 2020, the Scottish Government announced a substantial, multi-annual investment in peatland restoration of more than £250 million up to 2030. Restoring peatlands is one of the most effective ways of locking in carbon; offering a clear nature-based solution to both the climate crisis and biodiversity loss.

Peatland restoration plays a key role in Scotland’s green recovery and is helping deliver a just transition to net-zero by supporting the rural economy through the creation and development of land-based jobs and skills across Scotland.

Peatlands matter

Peatlands in good health are valuable carbon stores and have many benefits for people and nature - but don't just take our word for it! Listen to what applicants, agents and contractors have to say about the benefits of peatland restoration. 


Peatland ACTION - Restoring Scotland's Peatlands.

This film explains why we need to restore peatlands and the help and support available from NatureScot Peatland ACTION. We hear from the landowner and their agents and contractors about their experience of Peatland ACTION and the benefits of restoration. 

Peatland ACTION Funding

Peatland ACTION funding - from Scottish Government - primarily supports on-the-ground peatland restoration activities and is open for applications from eligible land managers who have peatlands that would benefit from restoration. There are no geographical restrictions or target areas for Peatland ACTION funding.

Find out more about what we fund and whether your proposed restoration activities meet the fund’s outcome and eligibility requirements. 

How to Apply

If you are interested in developing peatland restoration projects please contact us at [email protected] our Project Officers will support you to develop your project, help you understand the Peatland ACTION Fund and assist you to complete your application and supporting information. 

The Peatland ACTION team are here to help - how best to contact us

Peatland ACTION / NatureScot

  • [email protected]
    To speak to one of our local Project Officers about your proposed restoration project, including getting a peat depth and peatland condition survey completed, spatial data requirements or if you are interested in a feasibility study.
  • [email protected]
    To submit your application, progress reports and claim forms, or to request changes to your project.  You can also get advice on procurement for your project.
  • [email protected]
    For a copy of the Peatland Action Monitoring Strategy, and for technical spatial data advice
  • [email protected]
    For all media enquiries and to discuss your project communications materials
  • [email protected]
    To register your interest or reserve a space on future peatland restoration training events

PeatlandACTION / National Park Authorities

If your project is located within either of Scotland’s National Parks you should contact the relevant national park to discuss your proposals: 

Find out more

Scottish Government blog (published July 2020)
Public consultation news release on new draft strategy for peatlands in Caithness and Sutherland