The 2017 Great Galloway Peat Meet

This week the Galloway Glens Scheme hosted two other Landscape Partnerships to discuss opportunities to co-ordinate and combine the peat restoration activities proposed by each scheme.

The Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership (click HERE) is at exactly the same point as us, having just submitted their round 2 application to HLF for assessment. Focussing on Pendle Hill, this project is much more than the witch trials which have become synonymous with the area – seeking to unite communities around the hill and make it accessible and used by a wider range of people.

The Carbon Landscape Project (click HERE), based around Salford and Warrington, draws on the area’s importance in the cradle of the Industrial Revolution, particularly the impact of peat and coal extraction and aims to leave the area better understood, better used and appreciated by visitors and residents alike. The scheme is in its first year of the delivery phase, with work getting underway.

The peatland restoration projects proposed by each of the Landscape Partnerships were very different but combined can give a really well rounded approach to identifying, measuring and then protecting peatlands in different places across the UK. Discussion included exchange visits once underway, common approaches to interpretation, raising the importance of peatlands to the wider public and the potential for a joint conference when complete.

Galloway Glens Development Officer, McNabb Laurie said: “We were proud to welcome these other Landscape Partnerships to Galloway and to hear how the condition and use of peatland sites varies across the UK. It is great that a number of schemes are coming together to highlight the importance of peat on factors such as water quality, biodiversity, flood management and also the global significance as a carbon store. We can contribute to a national approach to these issues.”

Photo: Attendees of the 2017 Great Galloway Peat Meet – photo credit: Galloway Glens Scheme