The Carbon Landscape Partnership is a 3.2-million-pound project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the first project of the Great Manchester Wetlands. There are twenty-two different projects interwoven throughout the Carbon Landscape, ranging from habitat restoration works to community group empowerment.  These projects are delivered by the Carbon Landscape Programme Team and the fourteen project partners.

The Carbon Landscape project will bring together previous restoration achievements with new works without losing sight of the ground-breaking heritage that made the region famous. Its aim, to redesign our landscape with wildlife in mind. Creating a network of safe spaces for wild animals to move between, while inspiring local people to experience these areas in new ways.

The Project

In a Nut Shell

The project focuses on both natural and man-made heritage left behind after the closure of the Lancashire Coalfields, and other extractive industries such as peat and clay extraction. Our area was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. It was the climate of the region, together with energy from both water and coal, it made an ideal location to modernise and expand the textile industry.

As part of the Carbon Landscape Partnership’s quest to celebrate the area's hidden heritage, we are working with our partners to restore the natural landscape, while interpreting the historic use of the land to contribute to the United Kingdom's innovation during the Industrial Revolution. We are also training up volunteers in traditional conservation methods, such as coppicing, hedge laying and scything to enhance the Landscape and improve the community's connection with nature.

The 3 Aims

The Great Manchester Wetlands Partnership (GMWP) came into being back in 2011, with the Carbon Landscape Programme being the first GMWP project to happen, starting in 2016. The Carbon Landscape Programme, a collection of 22 individual projects was designed to cover and successfully fulfil 3 main programme aims. These are:

1) RESTORATION: To restore a derelict landscape, ensuring connectivity and resilience in an area facing significant threats.

2 IMPROVED ACCESS: To reconnect people with their landscape through improved access, increased learning and volunteering opportunities.

3) COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: To instil pride and engender community ownership in our Carbon Landscape, providing skills for local people, groups and beneficiaries to become custodians for our future Implemented by 10 delivery partners, a range of 22 interlinked projects will provide a coherent and effective programme that will have lasting benefits for local residents and wildlife.

From the outset the scheme’s legacy has been a key consideration, and all of the projects have been planned with long term sustainability in mind. As such, the Partnership can continue to enhance both the area’s heritage and people’s understanding and appreciation of it well beyond the life of the NLHF funded scheme.

What Next?

Peat bogs are a natural regulator of climate change gasses. Due to their acidic and wet environments, dead plant matter is pickled and compressed into peat. This means the living plants on the surface are continuously absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen! The dying and decomposing plants, however, do not release carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere through the decay process, carbon is stored within the peat, and these mosslands are the beginnings of a carbon sink. We need to help them though, and quick!

Restoring damaged mosslands (peat bogs) will aid carbon neutral endeavours, reduce flooding and provide a home for the unique wildlife that call the Carbon Landscape their home!

Together, we can make a difference.

Together, we can improve our landscapes.

Together, we can improve the carbon story.

Together, we are Carbon Landscape.