CANAPE - Barver Moor
The CANAPE Project (Creating A New Approach to Peatland Ecosystems) is supporting the trial of Paludiculture, the practice of wetland farming. At this particular site, the project is funding a trial of sphagnum moss farming, led by Landkries Diepholz and Stiftung Naturschutz im Landkries Diepholz.
Barver Moor is a degraded former raised bog, peatland previously used for a range of agricultural activity. As such it has been extensively drained and has undergone significant peat subsidence, losing up to 2cm a year over the last 20 years. It borders a protected area, and land still in agricultural use. It has stood unused for several years as a low grade grassland, and is at risk of losing all productive value as there is limited peat left in the ground.
The project will deliver a functioning demonstration sphagnum farm. This will consist of two polders and a reservoir. The farm will produce harvestable sphagnum moss, which can be used in a range of applications, from nature restoration to replacements for Peat Moss as a growing media.
One polder has been completed and seeded with moss. The water level on the site has been raised, reducing its Greenhouse Gas Emissions considerably.
Project Name: CANAPE - Barver Moor
Organisation / Lead partner: Broads Authority
Location: Barver Moor
Approximate area covered: 8 ha
Peat Habitats: Lowland raised bog
Project Type: Research
Year Project Began: 2019