Tenderbog – caring for our peatlands

Pictured: – Visit to Fleet Moss, photo by Laura Harrington Laura Harrington and Feral Practice (Fiona MacDonald), the UK Artists in Residence for WaterLANDS, have been busy during their first year exploring the Great North Bog – the UK Action Site which is a network of peatlands in Northern England – and getting to know … Read more

How art and science can progress urgent peatland conversations – reflections by WaterLANDSUK engagement lead Josh Cohen

Pictured: Listening event – photo by Laura Harrington Last weekend (Saturday 17 February) Laura Harrington took part in a peat coring and ‘listening walk’ event with Durham Wildlife Trust, site lead Rebecca Clarke, sound artist Tim Shaw, Dr Antony Blundell from University of Leeds and Josh Cohen at St Cuthbert’s Moor Nature Reserve in Durham. … Read more

A week in a life of an international peatland restoration volunteer 

Picture caption: Holyhead port at 1am. Photo credit: Joshua Cohen Day 1, Sunday 3 September As part of the WaterLANDS EU wetland restoration programme, iCASP’s UK Action Site at the Great North Bog has been twinned with the Abbeyleix Bog Knowledge Site in Ireland. During our volunteer week, I visited  Abbeyleix with Action Site Co-ordinator Dr Richard Grayson … Read more

World heritage wetland site threatened by strawberry farming

Sunset at Laguna Dulce by Jorge Monje Strawberry lovers might want to check the provenance of their fruit this summer following controversy about a new farming bill which could cause the devastation of an iconic Spanish wetland. Scientists from the University of Leeds and the Spanish National Research Council say urgent protection is needed for the fragile … Read more

On a fact-finding mission to Bulgaria to exchange ideas about peatland restoration – by Dr Joshua Cohen, Research Fellow, at University of Leeds

I had the privilege of being one of the representatives from Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme (iCASP) and University of Leeds who took part in the first WaterLANDS General Assembly which in was held in Sofia last month. This also involved a field trip to the Dragoman Marsh – the biggest natural karst wetland in Bulgaria. Our … Read more

Successful artists chosen for a European project to help capture the importance of restoring peatland

Two artists have been employed as part of an ambitious European project to help share the journey of restoring peatlands at a site covering large areas in the north of England. Laura Harrington and Fiona MacDonald (Feral Practice) were selected from around 200 applicants to work with a team leading the Great North Bog initiative … Read more

Press release: Calling creative artists to help capture the importance of restoring peatland

The search is on for a creative artist to capture the journey of restoring peatlands at a site covering large areas in the north of England. This is part of WaterLANDS – an ambitious project which aims restore wetlands damaged by human activity – and is recruiting artists for six Action Sites throughout Europe. Artists … Read more

Opportunity for Artists to reflect restoration at Great North Bog, in the north of England

The Great North Bog, United Kingdom, is one of six Action Sites included in WaterLANDS – a five year European Union Green Deal funded project which aims to restore damaged wetlands across Europe and lay the foundations for protection across larger areas. We are looking for artists to engage with the site, the restoration team … Read more

Press Release: Leeds environmental science researchers take part in WaterLANDS – New European Green Deal project launched to restore European wetlands

18 October 2021 An ambitious project has been launched to tackle largescale restoration of Europe’s wetlands, with €23 million of funding from the EU Horizon 2020 Programme Green Deal. WaterLANDS (Water-based solutions for carbon storage, people and wilderness) will restore wetland sites across Europe which have been decimated by human activity and lay the foundations … Read more