UK to reduce carbon footprint from peat mining

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The British government is hoping to reduce the nation's collective carbon footprint by paying firms to cease their peat mining activities.

According to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the government has already worked with Natural England to convince Scott UK to wind down its peat extraction facilities at three separate raised lowland bogs.

It recently struck a deal with one of the UK's top compost manufacturers that will see it cease its mining at a site in Cumbria.

William Sinclair will phase out its activities at the Bolton Fell Moss bog over the next three years in return for an initial compensation payment of £9 million.

It will also help restore the area so that it may act as a natural habitat for animals and plants once more.

In other news, the RHS recently noted that June is a great month for gardeners due to the plentiful light, which helps plants reach their full potential.

Posted by David Webb   - 08 June 2010
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UK to reduce carbon footprint from peat mining

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