Meet the Helping It Happen finalists: Enhancing our Environment Award
Our Helping It Happen Awards Ceremony & Dinner takes place in just four weeks’ time, so we are taking a closer look at each of the finalists in our nine diverse categories here on our blog. The standard of nominees was extremely high this year and our finalists are certainly leading the way in enabling and supporting success in rural areas. If you haven’t booked your tickets to celebrate with us at The Sheraton Hotel on 2 October, you can do so on our website. Anne Lundon, Presenter of BBC’s Landward, will be hosting the evening.
Here’s a little more about the stories behind the finalists in the Enhancing our Environment category, kindly sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage.
Upper Dee Riparian Woodland Project
The Dee District Salmon Fishery Board and River Dee Trust have worked closely with local landowners, keepers and shepherds to preserve the important cultural and economic role Salmon Fishery has to play on Deeside. They have designed all riparian tree planting to maximise benefits for salmon without negatively impacting the movement of deer or disrupting traditional grouse drives. Predictions by Marine Scotland have indicated climate change could cause summer water temperatures of many upland tributaries to be uninhabitable for salmon. Over 140,000 native trees have been planted to achieve a reduction in these temperatures by direct shading of the watercourse and by cooling the ground water as it flows through the riparian zone. Our Helping It Happen judges admired the demonstrable results and their track record in collaborative success.
The Campbell Partnership
After realising significant changes were needed in order to protect the environment, wildlife, water quality and to regenerate the soils that the farm relied upon, The Campbell Partnership began moving forwards and working towards their statement of purpose; to nurture fulfilment through farming in synergy with nature. Gathering data, monitoring implementation and recording evidence is key to their regenerative approach to farming, which the judges recognised they are so passionate about. Their fantastic work has been shared far and wide – with local groups such as the Scottish Wildlife Trust, on farm walks and school educational visits. For The Campbell Partnership, the future of farming is built upon a shared open and honest dialogue and they are hoping to establish an educational field study centre in the future.
Lochrosque and Kinlochewe Estates
At Lochrosque and Kinlochewe Estates, integrated land management is key to creating a diverse habitat for flora and fauna to thrive. They run 1,200 North Country Cheviots and 40 Luing Cows on the high hills in the summer months. They also have salmon fishing, a small number of grouse, hinds and stags on the hill, and we let houses to tourists and country sports enthusiasts. Additional investments in green energy and native woodland reintroduction projects not only contribute to the Scottish Government’s climate change targets, but also improve their capacity for a variety of wildlife. Our judges recognised Lochrosque and Kinlochewe Estates as the gold standard in land management across deer, fishing, grouse, woodland and more!
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