Bog rosemary restoration, Lenzie Moss, East Dumbartonshire
LocationCounty: East Dunbartonshire
Nearest town or settlement: Kirkintilloch
Contact detailsContact name: Dr Paul Baker
Organisation: Central Scotland Biodiversity Group
Tel: 07939 280444
Website: Friends of Lenzie Moss
PartnersEast Dunbartonshire Council, Lennoxtown Initiative, Friends of Lenzie Moss, Scottish Natural Heritage
This project involves the restoration of cut-over lowland raised bog formerly exploited for peat and the maintenance and enhancement of the remaining uncut areas. Linzie Moss is also the only recorded site of the nationally rare Bog Rosemary (Andromeda polifolia. Further details of the project can be downloaded from the Friends of Lenzie Moss website.
A component of the project has been to restore a population of Bog Rosemary, which is local, uncommon, and vulnerable to fire. Cuttings and seed were taken from four bogs in western Central Scotland to create more plants, secure local populations, and create new populations. Paul Baker started this work and wrote the species action plan for East Dunbartonshire. It was supported financially by East Dunbartonshire Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and B & Q. Volunteers from Lennoxtown and Lenzie have planted and cared for cuttings, then planted out on Lenzie and Low Mosses. Several thousand plants have been established.