DEFRA gives £10m to re­store peat­lands

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A £10m in­jec­tion of Govern­ment money will help re­store more than 10,000 foot­ball pitches-worth of Eng­land’s iconic peat­lands.

The Govern­ment says this vi­tal work will also abate and store an es­ti­mated 23,000 tonnes of car­bon per year, con­tribut­ing to the UK’s cli­mate change goals.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Thérèse Cof­fey said: “Peat­lands are an iconic as­pect of the English land­scape which are not only a haven for wildlife but also pro­vide us with clean wa­ter and help re­duce green­house gas emis­sions.”

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Shoot­ing Adrian Black­more wel­colmed the an­nounce­ment, she said: “Grouse moor man­agers have been work­ing with DEFRA and Nat­u­ral Eng­land for years to block drains, reveg­e­tate bare peat and en­cour­age the growth of sphag­num moss. This new in­vest­ment is a wel­come con­tri­bu­tion to the cause of peat­land im­prove­ment, and shows that the Govern­ment ap­pre­ci­ates the value of this work to wildlife, wa­ter qual­ity and the cli­mate.”

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