Peatlands

  1. Forestry Commission 'learns lessons' in tree planting row

    The Forestry Commission says lessons will be learned after it gave permission for trees to be planted on vulnerable peatland near Penrith.

    Conservationists, including the wildlife trust, have reacted angrily saying the land at Berrier should be restored as soon as possible and the trees removed.

    Ditch and baby trees

    The Commission says it recognises the need to preserve and protect important habitats, and it gave consent based on the evidence it had been given about the site.

    Stephen Trotter, from the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, says that peat locks up carbon that might oterwise start to contribute to climate change.

    Quote Message: By ploughing the peat to plant trees we're allowing the water to drain out of it and as soon as the water table lowers, the bacteria and the fungi start to grow and we lose the carbon back into the atmosphere." from Stephen Trotter
    Stephen Trotter
  2. Carbon-neutral in 15 years?

    Sanna Marin

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