A PICTURESQUE bog is being preserved for future generations.

Lindow Moss, best known for the discovery of the preserved bog body of Lindow Man in 1984, is set to be protected.

Wilmslow Town Council has joined The Lindow Moss Landscape Partnership.

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This collective of community organisations, landowners, local authorities, academics and charitable organisations is committed to working together to conserve, restore and interpret the wider Lindow Moss Landscape for the benefit of nature, the climate and people.

The formation of a partnership was one of the aspirations of the Wilmslow Neighbourhood plan, which recognised Lindow Moss as a landscape ‘with ecological and historical value but no statutory protection except through its location in the green belt’.

Cllr Jon Kelly, vice chairman of the town council, said: “Lindow Moss is an important part of Wilmslow.

“During Covid it provided a real lifesaver for people to get out into the countryside.

“I am really pleased the partnership is coming into being, after some really excellent work by the skilled volunteers in the Neighbourhood Plan Implementation team.

“I was delighted to be nominated to the steering group.

“I hope I can make a good contribution to the partnership’s work.

“If members of the community would like to get involved and contribute to the future of Lindow Moss, Transition Wilmslow are launching a group called Friends of Lindow Moss.”

Knutsford Guardian: The partnership is committed to conserve, restore and interpret the wider Lindow Moss Landscape The partnership is committed to conserve, restore and interpret the wider Lindow Moss Landscape (Image: Wilmslow Town Council)

The wider landscape and the other large natural landscapes in Wilmslow, including the river valleys, heathlands and mire habitats at Lindow Common, are complex ecosystems in which wildlife has adapted to live over hundreds of years.

These individual landscapes are interlinked, and therefore when one is damaged, it will negatively impact the adjacent linked landscapes. It is therefore essential to protect and preserve all of these to achieve optimal biodiversity and ecological stability.

Brian Donohue, chairman of Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan Implementation Group (WNPIG) said: “ WNPIG has over a two-year period harnessed the latent and active interest of many groups and individuals to come together to form the Lindow Moss Landscape Partnership and participate in a planned 10-year programme.

“This was enabled by Wilmslow Town Council funding the appointment of Groundwork to work with WNPIG as lead partners and apply for grant funding.

“It is a credit to all involved that this important partnership is now active.”

The activities of Lindow Moss Partnership are overseen by the Lindow Moss Partnership Steering Group – made up of representatives from each of the founding partners together with additional co-optees to support and guide the long-term vision of the partnership and monitor the implementation of their work.