CANAPE - Store Vildmose Pauldiculture Trial

Introduction

Store Vildmose is the remains of a large raised bog on northern Jutland, now largely drained for agriculture. It is famous for the "Vildmose Potatoe," however we also know that work needs to be done to ensure that the area has a sustainable future. In order to design a sustainable future for this area the Danish Nature Agency (Naturstyelsen) is working with the local community to design a vision for the future of this area, and has constructed a Paludiculture pilots in the area. This Paludiculture pilots aim to offer alternatives allowing land to be used to both generate an income for the landowner whilst raising the water levels to prevent degradation of the soil. For the long term work in restoring the area, it is foreseen that Paludiculture style land management will be needed to remove nutrients from the soil before a natural bog could be created.

Description

7 0.35ha trial plots constructed in the spring of 2020. These are trialling different techniques for growing Typha Latifolia and Canary Grass. One plot has been left unsewn as a control. The development of the site is focused on low cost solutions that can be rolled out to wider areas.

Project Aims

Pilot of a small scale paludiculture farm.

Restoration Delivered

The pilot sites have been constructed, the project is currently in the monitoring phase.

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Project Name: CANAPE - Store Vildmose Pauldiculture Trial

Organisation / Lead partner: CANAPE

Approximate area covered: 5 ha

Predominately: Lowland

Peat Habitats: Lowland raised bog

Project Type: Management, Research

Year Project Began: 2020

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