South Scotland's largest community buy-out: Creating the Tarras Valley Nature Reserve

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Jenny Barlow, Estate Manager, Tarras Valley Nature Reserve (Langholm Initiative)

Tarras water

Jenny is part of the team, established by the Langholm Initiative, who will take forward the development of the Tarras Valley Nature Reserve following the historic Langholm Moor community buy-out. Jenny’s role is to oversee land-based activities and operations on the reserve, this includes everything from restoring our damaged peatlands, preserving our ancient woodlands, planting new native trees to repairs of our tracks and infrastructure.

Jenny has a background in delivering environmental projects, land management, community development and sustainability. She has previously worked on landscape scale nature restoration projects for the Environment Agency to reduce the impacts of climate change and flooding. She has diverse experience in sustainability roles across public and third sector, these have included community-led design and masterplanning, engineering with nature projects, low carbon construction and infrastructure schemes.

In her talk Jenny will look at how the Langholm Initiative came to be one of South Scotland’s largest community land owners, our community-led approach to restoring nature and the key areas of work that are now being developed under our themes of 'People, Nature and Climate’.