Posted 27th Jun 2018 by Peter Byrne
Scottish estates are taking a leading role in two major peatland restoration projects which will help carbon sequestration, habitat improvement and restoration of severely eroded areas of upland in some of Scotland's most wild and beautiful landscapes
Peatland plays a key role in mitigating the effects of climate change as it can store carbon. With the Scottish Government aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2032 and restoring 40 per cent of Scotland's peatland (618,000 acres) by 2030, the two restoration projects will play a part in meeting both objectives.
It has been estimated that peatlands across Scotland store 1.6 billion tons of carbon.
The estates participating in the restoration are Garrogie, Alvie, Pitmain, Farr and Glemmazeran in the Monadhliath and Invercauld, Candacraig, Mar and Glenfeshie in the Cairngorms.
Commenting on it, Philip MacKenzie of Farr Estate said: "As well as carbon storage, this innovative partnership project will provide a wealth of benefits to both people and animals. The work will help to enhance the precious home of rare birds, mammals and plants. Bare peat re-vegetation, blocking eroded gullies and reprofiling hags on the moors will help to slow the flow of water when it rains; reducing the threat of flooding in local communities."
"Estates in the Monadhliath have a proven track-record of undertaking moorland conservation projects. My family have been at Farr for over 130 years and therefore want to keep the moorland in the best possible condition. We work together to help care for these stunning wild spaces that mean so much to so many people; and to ensure that they are protected for generations to come."