Sizewell plant could restore heathland tract

Peat excavated from the building site of a new nuclear power station could be used to convert a farm-sized area into lowland heaths. But the greatest potential for restoring this threatened habitat comes from felling forests

EDF's heathland restoration trials in Suffolk (picture courtesy of ADAS)Building a new nuclear power station at Sizewell in Suffolk could yield an unexpected benefit: the recreation of a substantial area of one of the UK’s most denuded and threatened habitats.

If the proposed power station is granted planning permission, its construction would involve digging a huge hole more than ten-metres deep for the foundations of the pressurised water reactor.

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