Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project shortlisted for International Award
September 6, 2022
The Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project has been shortlisted for the 2022 Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) People’s Choice Award. The standard of competition for the awards is very high, showcasing the best of civil engineering projects that have a positive impact on local communities, economies and society as a whole.
This year, The Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project is just one of 6 projects that have been shortlisted internationally for the award. The public vote opens at 10:00pm (UK time) on Tuesday, 6 September for six weeks, closing at 17:00pm on Tuesday, 18 October. The winner will be announced soon after voting closes. Members of the public can get behind their local community and vote for the project here: https://www.ice.org.uk/what-is-civil-engineering/what-do-civil-engineers-do/marches-mosses-boglife-project/
Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England and Natural Resources Wales have been working to restore 665 hectares of the Marches Mosses during the 5 year project. The Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve collectively form Britains third largest lowland raised peatbog. A habitat which holds more than 1 million tonnes of Carbon, which is 10 times more than the equivalent area of rainforest.
Successfully restoring such a vast area of peat bog has taken an incredible amount of effort from a vast number of groups: Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England and Natural Resources Wales have worked with WM Longreach, Brian Killingworth, WSP, and RAB Consultants to name a few. It has been a huge community effort to achieve the projects goals from vast amounts of volunteered hours and also work with disability advocates to ensure all audiences have access to nature.