Scotland business

Scottish Natural Heritage award grant to restore peat bog

A redundant peat bog in Lanarkshire is to be restored following an award from Scottish Natural Heritage.

QTS Group received the grant as part of an £11,000 project to restore the 75-acre bog in Drumclog.

The peat bog was previously drained by local farmers making it a less attractive environment for wild animals and plants.

The restoration is the latest in a series of environmental initiatives undertaken by the firm.

Scottish Natural Heritage awarded £6,345 towards the overall cost of the project which is set to start later this spring.

Carbon neutral

QTS Group's managing director Alan McLeish said the grant highlighted the firm's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and improving the environment.

He said: "We have been eager to get to work on this peat bog for some time, and so the recent news from Scottish Natural Heritage about our successful grant application is incredibly welcome.

"The first stage of the project will see QTS's environmental specialists get to work on a survey which will identify the areas that require most attention to restore the peat bog to its former glory.

"The initial project will take around 12 months to complete, and at the end of that we hope to attract a whole host of new species to the local area."

He added: "Our aim is to make the business entirely carbon neural - this project is the next part of the journey to help us achieve that."

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