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About us

To inspire action. To keep carbon where it belongs. To repair nature.

- Our Mission

The Crichton Carbon Centre is an independent, environmental not-for-profit organisation established in 2007.  We specialise in peatland restoration, carbon management, sustainable land-use and environmental education.

Our small team of experts, based in our Kirkgunzeon (Dumfries & Galloway) office, specialise in environmental restoration and education. We offer advice and pragmatic solutions to landowners, contractors and consultants with a track record of successful projects.

We combine scientific research, practical knowledge and direct-action to achieve real results in sustainability by leading the way in taking climate action and building climate resilience, keeping carbon where it belongs.

We undertake both grant-funded and private contracted work. If you would like to work with us, please fill out the contact us form.


Crichton Carbon Centre is a Scottish registered charity (no. SC038915)

Our Goals

Engaging Talent. Passionately.

Balancing People and Environment. Collaboratively.

Exchanging Knowledge. Respectfully.

Saving the Carbon in Peatland. Carefully.

Educating People. Creatively.

Spreading Good Practice. Effectively.

Researching for Action. Pragmatically.

Valuing Ecosystems. Fairly.

Building Natural Capital. Continually.

Our team

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Dr Emily Taylor
General Manager
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Dr Emily Taylor heads up the Carbon Centre and oversees all of our projects. Emily is a peatland specialist. She has developed, and is delivering, the highly popular Peatland Action Restoration Events throughout Scotland.

Greer Blackadder
Finance and Office Manager

Greer is our Finance & Office Manager supporting all aspects of our work and assisting to deliver a wide range of projects. Her role also includes co-ordinating our Peatland Action Restoration Training program delivered throughout Scotland.

Vicky Johnson
Project Officer
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Vicky has a BSc in Botany, Ichthyology and Fisheries Science, an Honours degree in Biodiversity and Conservation, and an MSc in Phycology. Her passion really lies in water, water quality, and flood mitigation and the relationship of peatland and water is of great interest to her.

Anna Basley
Peatland Programme Manager
Anna takes the lead on the centre's peatland restoration projects undertaken on behalf of Peatland ACTION. She brings her expert knowledge of soil science to the team.
Kerry Morrison

Kerry has a background in socio-ecological art with a focus on people’s connection to nature. In 2011 she Co-founded In-Situ, an organisation linking people and places with ecology, wellbeing, education and alternative futures. Kerry used this knowledge and practice to deliver Peatland Connections and now works on our communication and education programmes.

Carys Mainprize
Communications and Education officer
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Carys has experience with environmental education and creative writing, and a passion for tackling climate change. She is currently in charge of our communications and our environmental education programme.
Phoebe Gray
 Project Officer
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Phoebe has a background in ecology and a MSc in climate justice.  she brings her ecological experience, combined with a strong commitment to addressing climate change to the team. Phoebe will be supporting multiple projects, with a notable focus on Peatland Action and other significant peatland projects. 

Our trustees


The Crichton Carbon Centre is governed by a board of voluntary trustees who guide the direction of the centre and oversee decisions. They are:


Dr. Mary-Ann Smyth, Chair

Gillian Khosla

Professor David Clark OBE, FAcSS

Additional input is provided by Alice Campbell, Associate Director.

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