Cash boost for Foulshaw Moss to help carbon capture

Our nature reserve near Witherslack is one of several innovative carbon reduction projects to receive a grant from South Lakeland District Council

We're delighted that Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve has received £4,000 from South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) to help keep the peatland – a habitat that locks away 5,392 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year– in good health. The grant will help us to maintain this special habitat in a healthy condition, in order to keep the carbon locked away.

Paul Waterhouse, Reserves Officer with Cumbria Wildlife Trust, said: "It’s great news that we have this grant towards improving Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve. Peatlands and bogs are the best weapon we have against climate change and locking away carbon – carbon that needs to be kept stored away for the health of our planet."

Peatlands are Cumbria’s most important carbon store, storing five times as much carbon as all of Cumbria’s trees put together. The habitat found at Foulshaw Moss is one of Western Europe’s rarest and most threatened. Around 94 per cent of this unique habitat has been destroyed or damaged in the UK, so these remaining areas are incredibly important. Healthy peatlands and bogs are vibrant and biodiverse habitats – and hugely important in the battle against our climate emergency.

Councillor Dyan Jones, SLDC's Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Localism, said: "Responding to climate change and enhancing biodiversity is one of SLDC's four key priorities and I am delighted with the number and quality of the applications we received. The first fund of this nature from SLDC, the Climate Change Community Fund, has a finite amount of money and it was a pleasure to receive such an interesting, diverse and worthwhile range of applications and then to be able to offer support to so many. 

"This fund was aimed at supporting local action in our communities and the successful projects, while diverse in nature, all support SLDC's carbon neutral targets in sustainable ways. Thinking globally and acting locally is key to everything we want to achieve through our Climate Change Action Plan and I can't wait to see the great things these groups are going to do with these grants.”