Peatland ACTION Project

Delivering peatland restoration across Scotland.


Peatland ACTION is helping to restore damaged peatlands in Scotland. Since 2012, over 25,000 hectares have been put on the road to recovery with funding provided by the Scottish Government. Peatlands in good health are valuable carbon stores and have many benefits for people and nature.

In February 2020, the Scottish Government announced a substantial, multi-annual investment in peatland restoration of more than £250 million over the next 10 years. 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.

A New Approach

The Peatland ACTION Fund is open for applications. 

Our funding from Scottish Government primarily supports on-the-ground peatland restoration activities. Building on the work undertaken to date we are now also looking to fund large-scale projects over multiple years, for which we will, where appropriate, make multi-year offers.

How to Apply

Peatland ACTION funding primarily supports on-the-ground restoration activities. Find out more about what we fund and whether your proposed restoration activities meet the fund’s outcome and eligibility requirements. 

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

Peatland ACTION/NatureScot

    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.
    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.
    For a copy of the Peatland Action Monitoring Strategy, and for technical spatial data advice
    For all media enquiries and to discuss your project communications materials
    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

Peatland ACTION - Ditch blocking video
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A short video explaining the techniques for ditch blocking on peatlands.