Walk & Talk: Peat Wetland Restoration at Lochrosque Estate, Wester Ross

Date
Time 10:00 - 13:00
Capacity This event is currently fully booked. To be added to our waiting list click here
Booking Cut-off Friday 3 Jun, 12:00:pm
Organiser Fiona Van Aardt
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Lochrosque Estate began their Peat Wetland Restoration journey in 2017 when they restored a 165ha site of eroding peatland located below Fionn Bheinn and above Achnasheen village. The restoration process stemmed from a want to increase hydroelectric power generated by the scheme within the Achnasheen catchment.

Initially, the potential for more efficient green energy production was the reason to go ahead with this restoration project. Now, 5 years on, the benefits are manyfold and Lochrosque now has 9 different restoration sites, 1,000ha already restored and 2,000ha more in the pipeline.

Lochrosque has seen that restoring peatlands at scale and sensitively planting native woodland across the estate has a multitude of benefits for people, the environment, climate change and the local economy.


Peatland Restoration

Members are warmly invited to join this Walk & Talk event, which will look at Site 1, 5 years post restoration in comparison to a neighbouring pre-restored area.

Key elements of the project which participants will see and discuss during the morning programme:

  • Background to Lochrosque Estate and the historical land management context
  • The various stages of the restoration process from feasibility through to post restoration
  • Contractors and the various techniques used to restore an eroded site
  • Discussion around The Peatland Code
  • Options for financing – Peatland Action or Private Investment
  • The benefits – from biodiversity net gain to improved water quality and many more

Hosted by:
ccRandal Wilson, Lochrosque Estate & Director at Caledonian Climate
Freddie Ingleby, Managing Director at Caledonian Climate
Annabel Wilson, Environmental Consultant at Caledonian Climate
John Urquhart, owner of Alba Montane restoration contractors

This event is free of charge to SLE Members, but booking is essential through the SLE website.

 

Additional event information:

Format of the event: Participants will gather at the sheep fank in Achnasheen where tea and coffee will be available on arrival. The Walk & Talk will open with a short introduction to Lochrosque Estate and the Peat Wetland Restoration project before we head up to the restoration site in Argocats.

The site sits just above Achnasheen village, a 15-minute journey in an Argo from the sheep fank. We will walk across the restored peatland site stopping to speak about the specifics. (This is fairly easy walking, but we can tailor to the needs of the guests on the day).

Randal will speak of Lochrosque’s peatland journey from the perspective of the landowner, sharing any useful pieces of advice from his experience.

Annabel will speak about feasibility stage of a project, giving a summary of what is involved pre-restoration regarding access, data collection, external stakeholder relations and so on.

Freddie is The Peatland Code expert; he will speak about potential revenue streams associated with Nature-based Solutions, and the corporate financing side of a peatland project along with an update on the current state of the market.

John Urquhart will explain the more technical side of the reprofiling work.

We’ll then return to the Office for further discussions and refreshments.

 

Address: The Midge Bite Café,
Achnasheen,
IV22 2EE

Other information: This event will take place outdoors, much of it on the hill, so please bring suitable clothing and footwear.

Booking information: Booking is essential. To secure your place please book online today.

Date: Tuesday 7 June, 2022

Time: 10:00-13:00

Meeting point: Office at the sheep fank in Achnasheen.

From Inverness direction:

As you drive into Achnasheen village on the A823 you will see The Midge Bite Café on your left. The sheep fank entrance is on your right after a cluster of houses in a row. The entrance is a double gate with a cattle grid. Drive up the gravel road for about 100 metres to the sheds where you can park.

From Gairloch direction:

At the roundabout next to Ledgowan take exit towards Inverness, the sheep fank is the second entrance on your left. The entrance is a couple of gates with a cattle grid, drive up the road for about 100 metres to the sheds where you can park.

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