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For Peat’s Sake


Peat extraction Lindow Moss (photo: Andrew Mould)

Peat extraction Lindow Moss (photo: Andrew Mould)

Just been watching the Gardeners’ World programme on BBC1 and was appalled at the complacency of people who make use of peat in their gardens despite knowing that this is damaging a precious and vulnerable habitat.

The presenter rehearsed the reasons why peat bogs are important, one of which was archaeological. At one point the presenter got down in a trench to look at a peat section that went back to the Bronze Age. For me that represents a compelling reason not to use peat compost in gardens. Something that is potentially thousands of years old shouldn’t be extracted on an industrial scale to the detriment of the archaeological record and the wildlife. If this represents a loss to the economy what compensation is there  in using the bogs for eco-tourism; and, if another Lindow Man came to light during sustainable extraction, what benefits might there be to the cultural economy?

I have recently been thinking about how we might demonstrate a Lindow Man effect for the cultural economy of the North West.  Surely that represents a wiser use of this resource than mindless, immoral extraction. No apologists for the peat industry will convince me otherwise.

To add insult to injury, at the ‘New Vision for Lindow Moss’ workshop held at Wilmslow on 3rd April 2014 we learnt that the peat extracted at Lindow Moss isn’t of very good quality. One of its uses historically has been as a growing medium for commercial mushroom growing – but only after it has been mixed with horse manure.


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Comment by Flancilalouff

[…] stopping the peat extraction the moss could recover and what Prof Handley called ‘keystone species’ re-colonize the […]

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[…] meeting held in Wilmslow in April to present a new approach to the Moss and its management, whereby peat extraction would cease and the original landscape environment recreated.   Let’s be grateful that Lindow Man was […]

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