Wednesday 9th March 2022: John Sisk & Son staff recently volunteered with the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural beauty (AONB) Partnership to spread brash in Upper Teesdale, County Durham, helping to restore over 0.24 hectares of peatland.
The team of seven volunteers battled some harsh weather to spread the brash, which is proven to revegetate bare areas of peat and mitigate the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
From this exercise there is a projected reduction of 3.7 tonnes of CO2 per year. This estimate can be verified after five years, as it is dependent on how successfully the brash covers the bare peatlands.
Sarah-Jane Davies, Sustainability Manager, Sisk said: “I am proud that we are able to make a difference and follow through on our sustainability objectives by getting involved in this brash spreading exercise. Our volunteers, alongside the North Pennines AONB Partnership, have made a real difference today to the habitat and wider local area, and have helped to mitigate climate change through reducing the release of carbon dioxide from the North Pennine blanket bog.”