14 November 2019
Recently the South West Peak Landscape Partnership ran a week of sphagnum plug planting that succeeded with the help of our wonderful crew of volunteers! Despite the windy and sometimes rainy weather we were able to successfully plant a large number of plugs and this early success will pave the way for the rest of the Upstream Thinking project to continue.
Upstream Thinking is the product of funding from The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and was awarded to the South West Peak Landscape Partnership to support this new project and will complement funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Upstream Thinking draws on the experience of farmers and local landowners to improve water quality by increasing understanding, capital investment and natural flood management in the South West Peak. By supporting sustainable upstream land management, far-reaching water quality improvements can be achieved. Upstream Thinking will also include a range of work such as producing farm water & soil plans to help reduce diffuse pollution, removing non-native invasive species and creating new habitats. The project will also restore habitats like wet heath and blanket bog which retain a large amount of water and act as natural filters to slow the flow of water into local rivers and filter out many impurities. This benefits us all by encouraging natural processes to maintain healthy rivers; and healthy water makes for healthy communities.
The recent blanket bog restoration work that was undertaken involved carrying rolls of sphagnum moss plug plants onto the moor, using wooden dibbers to make small holes in the peat, planting the plugs and ensuring they are firmed in. This required a lot of endurance and dedication from our volunteers and was met with their usual upbeat attitude!
If you or someone you know is interested in helping with the Upstream Thinking project don’t worry as there will be lots more volunteering work available! Just watch our Activities page for the latest updates on available workdays.