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Peat project praised

Scottish Water staff with the award. Left to right: Alan Blance (treatment team leader Shetland, Lauren Dixon (sustainable land Management), Jared Stewart (sustainable land management), Kenneth Johnston (senior treatment op Shetland)

A PROJECT involving Scottish Water and Shetland Amenity Trust to restore peatland on the outskirts of Lerwick has been recognised with an award.

The Sandy Loch project picked up a prize at Scottish Water’s own Vision awards on Thursday.

The awards “celebrate the outstanding achievements of people and teams across Scottish Water”.

The restoration project should see peat protected from future deterioration, while it should also enhance the quality of water for customers in Lerwick and nearby.

The restoration, which added bog pools and native plants to the land, was completed in 2017.

Local digger drivers Sean MacKenzie and John Tait were also involved in the work.

Shetland Amenity Trust peatland restoration project officer Sue White said the project will reduce the amount of peat that is washed into the reservoir and reduce the need for chemical treatment of drinking water.

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