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Peatland Progress Heritage Horizons Award - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire

The announcement of a Heritage Horizons award by the National Lottery Heritage Fund means that the Great Fen can continue pioneering work of peatland preservation vital for combatting climate change and reducing carbon emissions

Today (Tuesday 13 July), The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced a Heritage Horizons award of more than £8 million to a visionary carbon storing peatlands project based in the Fens, run by The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

Peatland Progress: A New Vision for the Fens will tackle climate change, biodiversity loss and the anxieties of the next generation head-on through the purchase of a parcel of land, bringing together the north and south ‘halves’ of the Great Fen.

The partnership project will work to develop a model of agricultural production that inspires and changes farming practice on peat soils across the UK. This innovative approach to farming on peat soils will keep carbon locked in, improve water quality, transform the landscape and secure the future for people, soils and wildlife of the Fens.  Focusing on sustainable wet farming, the ambitious project will help prevent soil erosion by locking in carbon. It will offer hope for the future of farming and will be a mainstay of local prosperity, wellbeing, employment and Covid-19 recovery.

Posted on: 13 July 2021

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