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Restoration Roadshow Round Up

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During March 2023, Caledonian Climate Partners (CCP) and NatureScot’s PeatlandACTION team came together to deliver the Peatland Restoration Roadshow.

From Dumfries and Galloway to Sutherland, the focus of the roadshow was to promote and raise awareness of peatland restoration projects in Scotland, highlight their crucial role in meeting governmental Net Zero targets, and explore how action can be accelerated with the help of private finance.

The four events brought over 200 people from rural Scotland together, to absorb and discuss all things peatland restoration. Throughout the events several topics were covered; PeatlandACTION funding, The Peatland Code, financing peatland projects, peatland flora and fauna, and the impact of herbivores, to name a few.  Guests ranged from land agents to landowners, community trust members, fishery board members and crofters, local council staff, rewilding advocates, community council and of course, the general public. The audience were very engaged and well educated on the topics, leading to vibrant and insightful Q+A sessions following a range of presentations.

Our Roadshow journey began in Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway on Monday 7th March where we welcomed peatland contractors, local farmers and land managers of the south along to the event. Barry Dunne of PeatlandACTION, Freddie Ingleby (CCP) and Ian Thompson (Laurence Gould) kicked off the string events with their presentations exploring public funding for restoration, private finance, and carbon accounting, cultivating brilliant questions from the crowd and sparking some exciting debates.

The second event was held at Comrie White Church, Perth and Kinross on Tuesday 8th March, which attracted more than 90 people! The CCP team set out to engage with the greatest variety of interested parties possible and the turnout at Comrie was particularly encouraging with attendees from the local community trust, landowners new and old, council members and land agents, to name a few. Peter Hutchinson (PeatlandACTION program manager), Freddie Ingleby and Dr Linzi Seivwright (Caorann Consultancy) spoke at this event.

Linzi did a particularly outstanding job presenting on what can be a controversial topic of ‘herbivores and their relationship with peatlands.’ She highlighted that there isn’t a “magic number” of density per square kilometre to ensure the health of your peatland site. It’s more about “understanding your deer population and their dynamics”, how they move across your landholding, where they rest, where they rut and where they graze. This will allow you to “tailor make a deer management solution that fits your ground”. She also highlighted the importance of data collection, “the more information you can gather, the better”.

Bonar Bridge Community Hall, Sutherland, on 16th March was next, where Becky Shaw (PeatlandACTION), Freddie Ingleby (CCP), Tom Chetwynd (Chetwynd Rural) presented. There was a good feel about the room at this event, with attendees from all different sectors within the rural industry, including that of the crofting community,  bringing their own experiences & knowledge into the mix.

The final Restoration Roadshow event took place in Fort Augustus Village Hall, Inverness-shire, at the end of the month. Here we welcomed a group of familiar faces with several professionals involved in some of our own peatland restoration projects over the years, all in one room. The effort made by those that travelled substantial distances to be in attendances was great to see and much appreciated.  

Randal Wilson, one of the Founding Directors of Caledonian Climate, and owner of Lochrosque Estate, where the peatland restoration journey began 6 years ago, once again hosted the event expertly. It was great to also welcome Lochrosque Estate’s head keeper Kenny Ross, who has orchestrated surveys, supported site visits, and worked to facilitate filming events over the 1,500 hectares of restored peatland at the estate.

We also had John Urquhart, founder of Albamontane peatland contractors and member of CCP advisory board, who has successfully delivered all 9 phases of peatland restoration at Loachrosque Estate to date, alongside many other projects he and his team have been involved with in the Wester Ross and Sutherland districts.

Having all members of one peatland project in a room felt very fitting, as we showcased the fruits of successful collaboration and landscape scale restoration happening here in Scotland today.

The Restoration Roadshow was undoubtably a great success. It brought people together in one room, to speak about a topic that affects us all, not just in Scotland but across the globe. It highlighted how much of an impact we can have by restoring our Scottish peatland habitats, and our ability to make noticeable change today if we step forward and act now.

A special thanks must also go out to Annabel Wilson and Kirsty Nicoll, for their hard work organising and managing the events - a huge effort!

 

For more information on this article, please contact:

Freddie Ingleby

Managing Director

+44 (0) 7840 998 944
freddie@caledonianclimate.com


About Caledonian Climate

Working responsibly with the custodians of Scotland’s beautiful countryside, Caledonian Climate is committed to tackling the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.

To achieve this, we talk to forward-thinking businesses who want to fulfil their ambitions for carbon emission reductions through high-quality carbon credits with multiple co-benefits. We then partner them with landholders in the Scottish Highlands, maximising the ecological value and sustainability of their estates.

Building on our significant experience, and guided by a distinguished Advisory Board, Caledonian Climate is delivering the benchmark for long-term restoration of Scotland's degraded peatlands, locking away the carbon for good.

Our work also enhances biodiversity, improves water quality, boosts local economies and creates a compelling story for all of our partners to share.