In the UK, peatlands make up about 12 per cent of the land and store as much carbon as all the forests in the UK, Germany and France combined. Photo: Martyn Williams / Alamy Stock Photo
They’re soggy, smelly, acidic landscapes made up of decomposing vegetation. For centuries, peatlands have lived in our collective imagination as the site of pagan legends and fantasy. Now they are a crucial lynchpin in Britain’s efforts to avert climate disaster. The majority of UK peatland carpets Scotland, although large swathes can also be traced across most of Wales, down the north of England and in the Fens of eastern England.
When healthy, peatlands help sequester carbon, reduce flooding, provide drinking water and support vibrant biodiversity. In the UK, they make up about 12 per cent of the land and store as…
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