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Peatland Restoration at Sandy Loch

Sandy Loch restoration before and after - looking  South Sandy Loch restoration before and after - looking South Zoom Shetland Amenity Trust and local contractor Sean Mackenzie have recently been working on a peatland restoration project, funded by Scottish Water, at the Sandy Loch just outside Lerwick.

The loch provides drinking water for Lerwick and much of the Shetland Mainland but peat erosion in the loch catchment leads to brown discolouration of the water.

This project tackled the bare peat at the north end of the loch. The eroding peat has been transformed into bog pools and re- planted with bog vegetation.

The restoration will improve the water quality and should mean less need for chemical water treatment.

The project is a first for Scottish Water so we are delighted to have been involved. 

Sandy Loch restoration before and after - looking  East Sandy Loch restoration before and after - looking East Zoom