Representing the UK Soil Security Programme at The Royal Society London event, Dr Nicholle Bell showcased the outputs of the research program focusing on UK peatland restoration. Presenting to farmers, soil scientists and policy makers, she demonstrated the practical implications and policy impact of their research.
There was an audible gasp from the audience when Nicholle presented evidence that for each lettuce grown on the UK fens, ~400 cm3 of peat is lost. While for the blanket and raised bogs the news was more positive as restoration methods look to bring back the army of molecules that protect the peat bogs. As the UK peatlands hold 20 times the carbon stored in all the UK forest biomass combined, restoring and protecting this immense carbon store is of the highest importance in the UK's climate change mitigation plans.