Peatland ACTION - Fund - How to apply

Scotland-wide peatland 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. Where appropriate, we also make multi-year offers for large-scale projects.

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

Peatland ACTION - what we do

We use techniques that include installation of peat dams in man-made ditches to increase water levels, allowing the peat-building mosses, called sphagnums, to re-establish. We also support more novel techniques, such as peat hag re-vegetating by using the surrounding vegetation to stabilise the bare eroding peat.

How to Apply for restoration funding - a new approach to processing NatureScot Peatland ACTION applications – March 2024 

NatureScot is evolving its approach to supporting peatland restoration in response to this maturing market and the growing demand for support and a new approach to processing NatureScot Peatland ACTION applications will take effect from March 2024. We will be updating our application documents in the coming weeks to reflect this change in the application process. 

Deadline for NatureScot Peatland ACTION applications is no later than 31 May 2024. Initial decisions on these applications will be made by the end of June 2024. 

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. 

Arrangements for the National Parks

If your project is located within either of Scotland’s National Parks visit their websites or contact the relevant national park Peatland ACTION Team to discuss your proposals:  

Peat depth and peatland condition surveys

A peat depth and peatland condition survey is needed before restoration work starts. In most cases survey data must be submitted along with your Peatland ACTION funding application. 

We can arrange for surveys to be undertaken at no cost to you. 

Feasibility Studies

Please note that our delivery processes are currently being reviewed and no new feasibility studies will be taken on during this time. We will hopefully be in a position to accept new feasibility study enquiries again later this year.

Those already in the pipeline will continue to be progressed.

A Feasibility Study is developed to identify, assess, and map areas of potential peatland restoration and use the results to produce in-depth peatland restoration and management plans. The restoration and management plans can then be used to inform an application to the Peatland ACTION Fund to deliver restoration works.

If you are interested in a future feasibility assessment send your completed Feasibility Study Enquiry form and site map to [email protected]  

Permitted Development Rights

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development and Use Classes) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020, introduces new Class 20A, specifying permitted development rights (PDR) for peatland restoration projects. This means that full planning permission is not required for peatland restoration projects but there is still a planning process (prior notification / prior approval) to go through. 

The prior notification / prior approval (PN/PA) process is a two-stage process, which allows a planning authority to consider whether a proposal requires closer scrutiny before it is approved. This process must be gone through before the restoration works can begin.    

Most of the information needed to submit a prior notification will be provided as part of the development of a Peatland Action project.  Ideally, you should submit your Peatland ACTION application once you have submitted your prior notification.

More information is available in the Scottish Government Planning Circular (Advice and Guidance). 

Peatland Code

The Peatland Code is part of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) UK Peatland Programme. It is a voluntary certification standard for UK peatland projects wishing to market the climate benefits of peatland restoration and provides assurances to voluntary carbon market buyers that the climate benefits being sold are real, quantifiable, additional and permanent. 

Much of the data gathered for a Peatland ACTION project application can be used to inform a separate Peatland Code application. Processes and applications can run in tandem. 

If you have decided to undertake a Peatland ACTION funded peatland restoration project and would like your project to also be Peatland Code validated, and later verified visit the IUCN UK Peatland Programme web pages on the Peatland Code for further information and guidance on this or contact the IUCN Peatland Code team.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (2015) (the Regulations) apply to all peatland restoration projects.  

All applications must demonstrate that the necessary steps have been taken during the planning and design stages to ensure compliance with the Regulations.

Information on the Regulations and the responsibilities for all involved in a restoration project is available in our guidance note.

Our spatial data

Spatial data is important to allow us to monitor and report on the effectiveness of the Peatland ACTION Fund.  There are two key stages when you need to submit spatial data:

When you are applying for funding for your project
You must submit spatial data of the proposed work for your restoration project(s) with your application.

If you don’t have access to GPS or GIS for mapping purposes, we may be able to arrange for one of the Peatland ACTION team to carry out any mapping on your behalf.  Please email [email protected] and we’ll arrange for one of the team to get in touch with you.

Once you have completed your project
You will need to submit spatial data of the completed work along with a Final Report upon completion of your restoration project. Further information on the Final Report report will be issued with your grant offer.  


We have compiled a list of contractors as per Peatland ACTION Public Contract Prior Information Notice MAR275498.
If you are a contractor and wish to be added to the contractors list, please contact us at [email protected]

How to acknowledge our support for your project

One of the conditions of receiving funding from us is that you acknowledge our funding of your project during your Contract Period. This will be outlined in your Funding Offer. The Progress and Claim form will ask you to tell us what you have done to acknowledge our funding.

Please see our guidance on using the Peatland ACTION logo and other ways to acknowledge our funding of your project.

You can follow us on X/Twitter @PeatlandACTION, and don't forget to tag @NatureScot and use our hashtag #PeatlandACTION especially if we've funded your peatland restoration project.

Restoration guidance

Information on restoration techniques and other things to consider before you start your peatland restoration project such as breeding birds etc visit our resources web page.

How can we help?

The Peatland ACTION project team is here to help - how best to contact us.


  • [email protected]
    To speak to one of our Project Officers to get advice on your proposed Peatland ACTION project, including getting a peat depth and peatland condition survey completed.
  • [email protected]
    To submit your application, progress reports and claim forms, or to request changes to your project.  Our Funding Officers can advise on the procurement requirements of the fund.
  • [email protected]
    For support and advice on all project related data including meeting our spatial data needs.

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: 

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