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I'm farmer Pete and I'm hear to talk to you about peat. Peat is made of partially decayed vegetation and organic matter and can be used as a carbon store, wildlife, water management or archaeology.
It is important to preserve areas of peat as it provided habitats for many insects and animals and acts as a very efficient carbon store.
Peat preserves a record of past vegetation,landscapes and people, so it is important for scientific research. Peat holds up to 20 times its own weight in water
These builders want to build on my land of peat. However, they cannot do this because it is very bad for the environment to burn or destroy peat.
As peat stores carbon, if it is burnt then all the carbon will be released into the atmosphere which will increase the risk of global warming.
Dry peat is easily eroded and washed away, and is also a fire hazard. Dry peat releases carbon dioxide and is one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas if it's burnt or damaged.