RSPB Scotland welcomes today's announcement that £8million will be made available over the next year for peatland restoration under the Peatland Action Scheme. The scheme was launched by Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, at Scottish Wildlife Trust's Red Moss in Balerno. The announcement follows a commitment in the draft Climate Change Plan to deliver restoration of 250,000ha of peatland by 2032, with the help of communities and land owners.
Sheila George, Land Use Policy Officer at RSPB Scotland said: "Today's announcement is great news. The Peatland Action Scheme has previously provided significant support for peatland restoration on and off RSPB Scotland reserves. Peatland restoration not only delivers biodiversity benefits but can increase capacity for carbon capture and storage, produce clean water and has strong cultural and economic benefits for rural communities. We look forward to engaging with and continuing to support the scheme as it goes from strength to strength."