Date: Sat 27th July

Time: 11am – 3pm

Meet Up: Rottal Steading

Book via Citizen Ticket

Contact Us

Come along to hear about the work happening to restore the peatlands and re-meander the River Esk within Rottal Estate.

Starting from Rottal Steading we will take a short walk along the River Esk and hear from Kelly Ann Dempsey, Team Leader, Environment & Climate Change for Angus Council, about the work being carried out by the River Esk Partnership to re-meander the river, and why this is important in mitigating the impacts of the changing climate.

After a quick lunch we will hear from Dr Darrell Smith, Barker & Bland, about the peatland restoration work that was carried out during spring of this year. If weather allows, we will take a short walk around the area being restored. Please note this could include rough and uneven ground, as well as a steep incline. If you have any concerns about this, please contact us before booking your place.

Bring yourself a packed lunch and any drinks or snacks you’d like. There will be toilet facilities at Rottal Steading. Please also dress for the weather conditions on the day.

About Peatlands

Although peatlands only cover 3% of the world’s land mass they accumulate and store more than double the amount of carbon as all the world’s forests. It’s estimated that damaged peatlands account for around 6% of all anthropogenic carbon emissions worldwide. The majority of the UK’s peatlands are in Scotland; peatland covers nearly two million hectares, 20% of Scotland’s land area, making Scotland one of the richest countries in Europe for peat. Peatlands are special habitats, made up of highly adapted plant species and home to a range of rare and important wildlife. The Ridge Rottal project spans 84 hectares, and is undertaking restoration works including 3,400m of hag reprofiling, 18,600m of artificial dipping and wave dams, and 3,000 sqm of turving bare peat. It aims to reduce over 7685 tCO2 emissions.

Our Aims

As part of our 3-5 year strategy, Sustainable Kirriemuir are taking Action for Nature to help achieve our vision of a sustainable, net-zero community where people and nature flourish. This event contributes to our aims to:

  • promote, protect and restore our local natural biodiversity.
  • promote the health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in nature.

Important Information

This is a ticketed event, and advance booking is essential. Bookings can be made on our Citizen Ticket page. Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable to friends or family.

We take photographs at our events to help promote our activities and impacts. These photographs will be used on our social media channels including this website, and for the purposes of reporting to funders. If you do not wish for your photograph to be taken, please notify a member of staff at the event.

This is a free event but donations are welcomed to support Sustainable Kirriemuir’s Action for Nature and Active Travel activities. You can make a cash donation on the day or by choosing a supporter ticket when booking.

Contact us at with any questions.