Funding success for Forsinard Flows peatland restoration

09/06/2017 3:59pm by Jenny Middlehurst

In March, we asked for your support for our peatland restoration project which was in the running for funding from the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA). With the votes counted and verified, our project finished in second place in the nature category. But despite not winning, we were awarded €30,000 in funding anyway — the full amount applied for!

Second chance

After the voting period had finished and the initial funding had been allocated to the winners, the EOCA members sat down to decide which of the remaining nominated projects they'd like to make happen anyway. Our project, originally nominated by Mountain Equipment, was successful at this stage, along with projects by two other organisations. It just goes to show that the work we're doing in this area is really impressive!

Thanks for your vote

A huge thank you to everyone who took a moment to vote for our project. We were absolutely overwhelmed by the support we received. And we think it really impressed the EOCA members and helped us secure this funding. We'll use it to clear 3.64ha of trees and bring life back to this unique bog landscape.

Why are we removing trees at Forsinard?

In this brilliant video, showcased by National Geographic, RSPB Scotland's Mark Hancock and Paul Turner, and Roxane Anderson of the University of the Highlands and Islands, explain why we're cutting down non-native conifers to restore the peatlands of the Flow Country.