§ Mr. Gould
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment following the agreement between English Nature and Fisons plc(a) who now owns the mineral rights for the sites concerned and (b) to what habitat-type it is intended to restore cut over areas of lowland raised peatbog once the peat has been extracted.
§ Mr. Heseltine
[holding answer 27 February 1992]: Of the 8,000 acres of land involved, English Nature will immediately assume ownership of mineral rights over some 2,800 acres; Fisons will retain the mineral rights for the remainder.
The objective has been to restore lowland peat vegetation on the cutover areas, but I am advised that a mosaic of other habitats, such as fen, is likely to be the end result.