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Hedge Maintenance

Sunday 5th April
Kilmacrew House, near Banbridge
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Get Started With Horticulture

Monday 20th April
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

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Say #iwill4nature in Northern Ireland!

Thursday 23rd April
Belfast’s Window on Wildlife, 100 Airport Rd W, Belfast BT3 9ED

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Habitat Management at Slievenacloy Nature Reserve

Sunday 26th April
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills
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Modernising and Decarbonising Energy in the UK Forum

Wednesday 29th April
Central London

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Restore bogs to tackle climate 23 July 2019

Restoring peat moors degraded by farming may prove a relatively inexpensive way of tackling climate change, a report shows (via BBC News)

 

Peat

Wet peat bogs store carbon that’s been sucked from the air by plants, but many bogs have been drained for farming.

As drained peat dries, CO2 is produced – so in that sense peat’s causing a climate problem like cars, planes and factories.

But statisticians say parts of the peat problem may be relatively cheap and easy to solve.

They say the benefit of blocking up drainage ditches and bringing back vegetation to the moors shows benefits way higher than the cost.

The sums have been done by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which reports to Parliament.

It estimates that fully restoring the UK’s lost peatlands could cost between £8–22bn over the next 100 years.

But this is dwarfed by the predicted savings of £109bn in terms of reduced carbon emissions.

Read more via BBC News…