The Carbon Landscape is changing the way in which we approach landscapes and communities in Wigan, Salford and Warrington. Formed by the Great Manchester Wetlands Partnership - a partnership of local authorities, NGOs, environmental charities, private businesses and passionate local community groups - the Carbon Landscape is a £3.2 million Heritage Lottery Funded initiative. Twenty-two interlinked projects will provide a forward-thinking and effective programme that will have lasting benefits for local communities and wildlife.
This is a Carbon Landscape, not just in terms of the underlying geology and evolution of the landscape, but also in terms of industrial and cultural heritage, and of the ability of this landscape to adapt and mitigate for climate change. With the support of partners and volunteers, we will explore solutions into smarter, more connected and healthier communities, which benefit from living in harmony with wildlife.
Share our vision and long term impact within these characteristic boroughs, as we aim to:
- Restore a diverse landscape, ensuring connectivity and resilience for wild spaces facing significant threats
- Reconnect people with their landscape through improved access, increased learning and volunteering opportunities
- Instil pride and engender community ownership in our Carbon Landscape, providing skills for local people, groups and beneficiaries to become custodians for our future
The programme area covers former coalfields to the north and west and mosslands and riverside environments to the south providing a combination of peatscapes and brownfield sites. Three core zones have been identified:
- The Flashes
- The Mosslands
- The Mersey Wetlands Corridor
Each contain a rich array of key sites, for example: Abram Flashes SSSI and Leeds Liverpool Canal in The Flashes; Risley Moss SAC/SSSI and Bridgewater Canal in the Mosslands; and, Woolston Eyes SSSI and Rixton Clay Pits in The Mersey Wetlands Corridor.
Today’s landscape has developed from a Carbon base - coal measures and peat deposits - and it has been dominated by the devastation of the extractive industries. These industries have left their mark on the landscape, but part of the legacy is an extraordinarily rich and diverse natural heritage. Today, this landscape is primarily wetland in its form, characterised by open water, fen, wet grassland, wet woodland and lowland raised bog. This is a Carbon Landscape, not just in terms of the underlying geology and evolution of the landscape, but also in terms of industrial and cultural heritage, and of the ability of this landscape to adapt and mitigate against climate change. The restoration of the peat base to lowland raised bog will provide an excellent opportunity for carbon sequestration and storage.
The Carbon Landscape has strongly influenced the economic and cultural development of surrounding communities. The Landscape Partnership presents an important opportunity to reaffirm the relationship between community and landscape into the future, strengthening and enhancing both.
Our First Steps Campaign #firststeps
Our #firststeps campaign is all about how you can get out and get involved in the Carbon Landscape. It’s about interaction, education and making a connection with your local wildlife and wild spaces. It’s about learning new skills, going somewhere you’ve never been before or looking at something in a different way. The Carbon Landscape is a wonderful, wetland world just waiting to be explored! Join us and share your #firststeps with us on our social media pages as we will be celebrating this amazing landscape right on your doorstep.