We were delighted to support such an innovative project in the heart of Glasgow, which showcases the latest initiatives in terms of wetland restoration.
Biochar has been used to great effect for years on remediating soils that are contaminated with heavy metals and other chemicals. The benefit being, once the sponge-like structure of the biochar absorbs the pollutants these aren’t released again to damage the plant – plus every tonne of biochar equates to 3 tonnes of atmospheric carbon sequestered, so while the biochar helps the carbon capturing plants grow better in the long term – it has immediately permanently stored 30 tonnes of carbon on this site alone.
Local company Blue Green Glasgow has already been in action putting the finishing touches on Phase 1 of The Govan Wetlands Project; which uses a wetland ecosystem to capture carbon, remediate soils and support wildlife.
The Govan Wetlands project is part of a wider regeneration of the historic Govan Shipyards which is to include the development of a new sustainable neighbourhood, historic preservation initiatives and the revitalisation of this long-abandoned site in Glasgow.
Blue Green Glasgow is affiliated with the Blue Green Carbon programme, a platform for environmental restoration through carbon offset activities. The Govan Wetlands Project offers COP26 delegates a unique opportunity to see how wetland systems that depend on seawater, can offer a number solutions to climate change; by addressing a variety of environmental challenges taking a former brownfield site and turning it into a permanent carbon sink.
A video of the project can be seen HERE.