Peatland Restoration at Firthhope by Moffat, Scottish Borders

Peat bogs absorb carbon dioxide from the environment and in fact store more carbon that all the rainforests on the planet combined!  Twenty percent of Scotland is covered in peat bogs, but more than half of these are now in poor condition and need work carried out to improve them, principally to increase their water retention.

Borders Forest Trust are early adopters of new technologies and are using sisal geotextile to cover degraded areas of peat, helping to trap moisture, stop erosion, catch seeds, and help the peat below restore itself.  Much of their work is carried out by volunteers.

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