This is from the Wildlife Trusts Peat Officer, Ailis Watt
I think we’re all peatland advocates here – with eyes open to their beauty and worth, but much of this amazing habitat has been under attack in the UK and abroad for many years in a bid for the perfect garden compost! Last year, the UK Government announced plans to finally ban the sale of peat products in England and Wales by 2024. This is promising news and a step in the right direction, but why wait? We want to see an immediate ban!
A public consultation is currently running on this, closing on the 18th March. To make it as easy as possible for everyone to have their say, we’ve created a simple form for sharing opinions with the Government directly, backing our call for a ban. We’ll be pushing this e-action later this week so keep an eye out for further details,
As part of the mitigating measures to protect the wood, you will have seen that the housing developers have erected a fence around the wood. This prevents access by deer that can damage newly planted trees and motorbikes that damage the paths. At our request, at 3 unofficial entrances to the wood that are not Rights of Way, we asked that dog-friendly stiles be installed. Within the last few days, however, all 3 have been vandalised and we have reported this to Rushcliffe Borough Council and the Police. We will continue to do our best to protect the wood from mindless vandalism by reporting these incidents and we will seek to rectify the damage, which might include blocking off the entrances entirely. If you should see any incidents of anti-social behaviour or vandalism, you can report these to the Police and Fire non-emergency number 101 or