The Climate Project

The Climate Project is a collection of nature-based solutions brought to you by the BMC, which are helping to protect and restore nature, and address the climate and biodiversity crisis.

What is The Climate Project?

We are working with Moors For the Future and Seagrass Ocean Rescue to raise money for their restoration projects, and will be providing members with the opportunity to help plant Sphagnum in the Peak District and Seagrass along the North Wales coast.

The Climate Project: Sphagnum

On our wild moorlands grows an amazing plant called sphagnum. When sphagnum is growing healthily, this plant powerhouse takes as much carbon out of the atmosphere as a tropical rainforest.

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The Climate Project: Sphagnum

Is this the most important plant on earth?

Peat moorlands cover 15% of the UK, but many have been dug up, drained or destroyed. The Peak District moorland landscape is now the most degraded in Europe and damaged peat can be a great carbon emitter. Moors for the Future was founded in 2003 to fight back. So far they’ve transformed over nearly 8,000 acres of peat moors across the Peak District and South Pennines.

Let’s plant moor

Thanks to our members and partners, we’ve raised £30,100 for The Climate Project so far. This will restore 1,200 square meters of sphagnum on our Peak District moors. It costs £25 to plant one square metre of sphagnum moss and create a healthy moor.

Your donations will help:

  • Actively fight climate change
  • Reduce wildfire risk
  • Reduce flooding risk
  • Protect endangered wildlife

The Climate Project: Seagrass

Seagrass, the world’s only marine flowering plant, has all of the properties of an underwater super plant. But many people still don’t know what it is. The Seagrass Ocean Rescue project is working to spread awareness of this special habitat and bring it back to our Welsh waters through some hands-on seagrass restoration work in North Wales.

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Did you know that seagrasses are one of our most important natural solutions to the climate crisis? Seagrasses sequester, or capture, carbon dissolved in our seas at a greater rate than tropical forests! In fact, carbon is taken from the water and used to build the seagrass’ leaves and roots – once the plants die, the carbon can then be stored in the seafloor for thousands of years.

Unfortunately, we have lost over 90% of British seagrass meadows in the past 100 years, mainly through disease and human-induced poor water quality. Globally, it is estimated that the equivalent size of two football pitches of seagrass is lost every hour.

The Seagrass Ocean Rescue project is aiming to protect the seagrass in Wales. The exciting project engages with volunteers, local community groups and stakeholders to get involved with some hands-on seagrass restoration work in North Wales

The Climate Project is a campaign by the BMC's Access and Conservation Trust. Working alongside Moors For The Future and North Wales Wildlife Trust. It's supported by Cotswold Outdoor and Snow+Rock.