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On a beautiful sunny morning in March, Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform in Scotland, officially re-launched the Peatland ACTION project.
News of an additional £8 million was announced in January to allow Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to continue working with its peatland partners to restore a further 8,000 ha in the coming year. This doubles the amount of funding provided by the Scottish Government since the project began in 2012, and almost the area to be restored.
The value of healthy peatlands is now being seen more widely, particularly regarding their role in combatting climate change; which is why such an ambitious target has been set in Scotland’s draft Climate Change Plan: to restore 250,000 ha of degraded peatlands by 2032.
Peatland restoration can come in many different sizes – from ditch blocking to hagg re-profiling, which is why SNH started a library of restoration videos to demonstrate what it’s all about. They’ve also released a NEW video highlighting why people need peatlands. Please take a look and get in touch to start discussing potential projects: