Staff from People's Postcode Lottery volunteered to help the Woodland Trust Scotland restore one of Scotland's most threatened habitats. Portmoak Moss, near Scotlandwell in Kinross-shire, is home to one of a handful of surviving raised bogs in central Scotland.
Five volunteers spent the day removing naturally seeded trees from the bog surface to ensure that it doesn't dry out. By maintaining open damp conditions, bog plants such as sphagnum moss are gradually re-colonising the surface.
James Gilmour, Woodland Trust Scotland site manager said: “It’s great that People’s Postcode Lottery get involved in a practical way with the charities they support. The volunteers put in an impressive amount of work and it was satisfying to look back and see the area that they managed to clear. We look forward to seeing them again in 2013.”
Jennifer Rodger, Head of HR at People's Postcode Lottery said: “We’re delighted to give our staff the opportunity to get involved with the work of our supported charities. We believe it’s a good way to make a valuable contribution to enhancing the environment for the benefit of the entire community. Everyone who took part really enjoyed the day and are hoping to be back again next year.”
Players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised over £230,000 for Woodland Trust Scotland to date. This has enabled the Trust to plant new native trees, which are one of the best habitats for wildlife and to give people the opportunity to enjoy and learn about the outdoors.