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Making boggy land pay

Monday 4th December 2017

Paludiculture workshop delegatesPaludiculture workshop delegates

A new concept in farming wet, boggy land, developed in Germany, was discussed at a workshop in Kendal last week (29 & 30 November).

Experts from Germany, joined delegates from the UK to discuss how concepts developed in Europe could be applied to Cumbria, helping provide an environmental and economic sustainable way of farming naturally wet areas.

Workshop delegates visited Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve and the Lyth Valley, which has seen serious flooding in recent years, to see the specific issues faced by landowners and conservationists managing land in one of the wettest parts of England.

Sarah Johnson, Paludiculture Officer for Cumbria Wildlife Trust said:

“Paludiculture is a relatively new concept in the UK, but projects in Germany show paludicultural systems may have the potential to provide sustainable, economically viable solutions for wetlands, and be beneficial for agriculture, conservation and ecosystem services in such habitats.

“An important aim of this event was to offer networking opportunities and we hope the interactive workshops, evening social and fieldtrip has inspired debate among participants on the potential of paludiculture in the UK.”