Work to repair our damaged moorland

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Yorkshire Water has been praised by an MEP for its pioneering “world-leading” work to restore huge swathes of damaged moorland.

The company began its restoration programme in 2003 and now almost 30,000 acres of Yorkshire moorland are Sites of Special Scientific Interest and are recovering well.

Linda McAvan, part of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee, met with Yorkshire Water officials at Snailsden reservoir, near Huddersfield, to see for herself how the restoration work has benefitted some of Yorkshire’s most iconic landscapes.

Old drainage channels, created by local farmers after World War II, were blocked off, slowing the flow of water through the moorland and keeping it wetter for longer.

The company believes that repairing peatland sites will improve the purity and quality of its water.