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Portlethen volunteer body given funding

Some of the group at Portlethen Moss during a Bog Exploraion Day, lead by Dr Andy McMullen

Some of the group at Portlethen Moss during a Bog Exploraion Day, lead by Dr Andy McMullen

Portlethen Moss Conservation Group has received funding from Scottish National Heritage (SNH) to carry out work over the winter months.

The group has received the funding under the SNH ‘Green Stimulus Peatland Restoration Fund’ which was set up to help the restoration of peatlands.

The work will be carried out during the winter and will include gorse control and methods to slow down the water flow, both of which will have a positive effect on helping to restore the peat in Portlethen Moss.

The moss has been subject to major development over the past 20 years and the group formed to help protect what is left of the important environmental area.

Denise Martin, chair of the Conservation Group, said: “We work in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, who own part of the moss.

“The work we do with the funding will be carried out on the council-owned area, the rest of the moss is in private ownership.

‘‘Unfortunately, the owners are unwilling to enter into a management agreement with the group which would enable us to carry out vital restoration work on that part of the Moss.”

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