A public conservation body which has received millions of pounds of funding to restore Scotland’s peat bogs is allowing commercial peat extraction on its own land, The Ferret can reveal.
Plans to mine peat in South Lanarkshire are “not consistent” with the Scottish Government’s targets to cut carbon pollution, says a leading climate scientist.
Plans to prolong the mining of peat at two sites in Dumfries and Galloway have alarmed environmental groups, who want a ban to protect the climate.
A decision to allow the extraction of tens of thousands of tonnes of peat every year from a site in the Highlands has been labelled “incredibly disappointing” by environmental groups.
Freedom of information requests to the UK and Scottish governments reveal that authorities have no idea how much peat is being removed and sold commercially.