Second phase of peatland project completed

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The second stage of a project to restore peat bogs on Luss Estates in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park has been completed.

The joint project between the National Park Authority and Luss Estates to tackle climate change saw six weeks of work carried out over an area of 80 hectares on Beinn Dubh and Mid Hill, above Glen Luss.

The £65,800 project was funded by Scottish Natural Heritage’s Peatland ACTION fund. It involved reprofiling peat hags, and also blocking gullies, building peat dams and establishing vegetation over areas of bare peat in order to prevent peat from drying out and releasing carbon into the atmosphere.

Luss Estates and the National Park Authority successfully collaborated on the first phase of work in 2015 with a similar area of peat restored. It is hard now to see where the bare peat previously existed as these areas have successfully recolonised and vegetated peat now blankets the hillside in these restored areas.

Simon Jones, Director of Conservation and Visitor Operations for Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, said:

"Peatlands take thousands of years to form, but with the rapidly changing climate it’s absolutely vital that we take action to protect and restore them now.

"Working in partnership with landowners in order to tackle the effects of climate change is one of our key aims so we are delighted to be working with Luss Estates on the second phase of this project.

"This is a great example of how we can work with and support land managers across the National Park to deliver projects that provide environmental and public benefits."

Simon Miller, Chief Executive Officer of Luss Estates commented:

"We are delighted to see the second phase of this important project complete, peatland is a vital natural asset. Luss Estates is committed to protecting and preserving the environment and peatland restoration not only enhances the carbon storage capacity of the land but also has flood prevention and water quality benefits. We would strongly encourage other landowners to work alongside Scottish Natural Heritage to facilitate further restoration."

Visit the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park website for more information.

Visit the SNH website for more information on the Peatland Action Fund.