Updated: 3/18/2020

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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.