Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey has given Government support to restoring England’s peatlands while visiting Little Woolden Moss.
The Minister praised your Wildlife Trust after it received £993,000 investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore “Salford’s rainforest” at Little Woolden.
Born in Billinge and brought up in Formby, Dr Coffey said: “Protecting our peatlands is essential not only to benefit the local countryside but also tackling greenhouse gas emissions, improving water quality and supporting wildlife.
“We want to be the first generation to leave our natural environment in a better state than we found it. Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s exciting work here in Salford is seeing birds and wildlife returning to the area and is an important part of realising that vision.”
Our mosslands provide habitats for bog mosses which in turn support other species like carnivorous plants, bog bush cricket, brown hare, and vulnerable bird species like the curlew and short eared owl.
Recently funding has helped to support The Carbon Landscape Project under the banner of Great Manchester Wetlands.
The UK is one of the first countries in the world to commit to protecting, restoring and sustainably managing peatland and is investing £4m to protect the nation’s peatlands.
Wildlife Trust’s Mosslands Manager Dr Chris Miller said: “Our peatlands are amazing places for wildlife, as places to visit, and for the carbon they store. Sadly they have been mistreated, and have become badly damaged.
“But here at Chat Moss we are showing that we can turn the clocks back, and re-create a thriving living landscape bursting with life. With this new funding for peatland we will be able to do more of this valuable work.”
Peatlands represent the UK’s most important terrestrial store of carbon, locking away at least 3.2 billion tonnes of CO2 and 70% of all our drinking water is derived from upland catchments dominated by peat.