£22m fund on offer for peatland restoration

This is welcome news for environmental restoration, which will assist in improving water quality. 

Farmers, landowners and land managers across Scotland can now access a £22 million fund to carry out peatland restoration projects.

It is the latest stage of a 10-year, £250 million package announced by the Scottish Government in February 2020 and underlines the essential contribution that restoring degraded peatland can make to addressing the global climate emergency and biodiversity loss.

Peatland restoration is a key part of the Scottish Government’s goal of achieving a net-zero Scotland by 2045.

As well as smaller projects, the 2021 funding round has been expanded to large-scale schemes over multiple years.

Scotland’s environment and climate change secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “Restoration of degraded peatland is a vital, nature-based solution to protecting Scotland’s biodiversity and ensuring we end our contribution to climate change, as well as supporting skilled land-based jobs in rural communities across Scotland.