A CASH boost of £100,000 will help to conserve a Cheshire peat bog, 40 years since the preserved body of Lindow man ‘Pete Marsh’ was discovered.

Tatton MP Esther McVey has welcomed a government investment of £100,000 for Lindow Moss.

The money is part of a £3.1 million funding announcement from government’s Lowlands Peat pilot projects.

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According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs the money for Lindow Moss, in Wilmslow, will be used for site mapping.

Ms McVey said: “I am delighted our area has been chosen to receive a share of the money.

“The government is committed to addressing peat degradation and understands how important Lindow Moss is and the benefits it brings, not only to our area, but the wider UK.”

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: “Peatlands are a precious natural resource, they manage water quality, reduce the risk of flooding, provide unique habitats for vital wildlife, and contribute to Net Zero.

“We have committed to restoring an area of peatland equivalent to the size of Staffordshire by 2050, and we have provided over £19 million funding under the Nature for Climate Fund to supercharge this restoration across the country.

“The restoration project in Esther McVey's Tatton constituency will make an important contribution to increasing nature and helping us to reach our net zero targets and she has been a strong advocate for this.”

The projects will be delivered by the Environment Agency.