Protection plans threaten peat industry

25 August 2000

Protection plans threaten peat industry

By FWi staff

GOVERNMENT plans to include key peatlands in proposals to protect wildlife have created uncertainty in the peat industry, reports the Financial Times.

Land which accounts for 60% of peat extraction areas, is included in 81 planned special areas of conservation.

Areas of England deemed of European importance include the North York Moors, the Manchester Mosses and Ashdown Forest in Sussex.

Campaigners against environmentally damaging peat extraction welcomed the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

But the Peat Producers Association said it was too early to predict the impact of the proposal.

Proposed areas have gone out for public consultation and if the EU agrees there will be 576 such sites in the UK.

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