Peat Land

Land near Fenns Bank and Bronington could be restored to peat land which naturally stores carbon following a decision by today’s Executive Board.

This project supports one of the themes identified in our Decarbonisation Plan –  Land Use and Green Infrastructure.

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The land contains some areas of peat soils, which are extremely valuable for their carbon sequestration properties, and is also suitable for additional planting to increase our hedgerows, tree and woodland stock, support nature and enhance the overall biodiversity over the area.

Peat is made up of organic carbon that has been trapped in the earth for thousands of years, and it plays a crucial role in naturally trapping and storing carbon. Peat can only lockdown carbon when it is actively growing, and that growth can only take place in healthy habitats – whilst damaged peatlands will release carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere, meaning it is all the more important that they  are properly managed.

The land is in close proximity to Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve which, with Wem Moss and Cadney Moss, are collectively a Site of Special Scientific Interest forming Britain’s third-largest lowland raised bog.

Going forward there could be opportunities to develop the area as a public open space, improve the accessibility of the existing public footpath and enable access to nature, educational activity and learning spaces for local communities.

Cllr Mark Pritchard, Leader of the Council, said, “This is a unique project and one that has the potential to enhance the area whilst taking carbon out of our environment. I’d like to thank those involved in identifying the land and putting forward exciting plans for its restoration.

“The ecological systems it will encourage and support will be huge and Wrexham will be leading the way in Wales when it comes to ground breaking projects to reduce and offset carbon emissions.”

Cllr David A Bithell, Deputy Leader and Climate Change Champion, said, “We declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency in September 2019 and lots of work has taken place since then to address the emergency. Through this project we can show that we’re putting our decarbonisation plans at the heart of our decision making and really making a difference.”

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Background information

We declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency in September 2019, and published a Decarbonisation Plan (The Plan) in May 2021.

The Plan sits above action plans around five key themes: Buildings and Energy, Transport and Mobility, Land Use and Green Infrastructure, Procurement and Supply Chain and Influencing and Enabling Change as well as some higher level actions which are integral to our response to addressing the climate emergency.

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