Peat supplier William Sinclair to lose Cumbrian peat bog

Peat supplier William Sinclair has been forced to give up its Cumbrian peat bog Bolton Fell, after Defra decided to make it a Special Area of Conservation.

William Sinclair has been ordered to quit its Cumbrian peat bog - photo: HW
William Sinclair has been ordered to quit its Cumbrian peat bog - photo: HW

The order means Bolton Fell will now be restored under the EU Habitat Directive.

A Sinclair representative said: In April 2008 William Sinclair was approached by Natural England to discuss the submission to the EU of the company’s bog at Bolton Fell in Cumbria as a Special Area for Conservation. This would complete the UK Government’s obligations on raised upland mires under the Habitat Directive.

Sinclair says it engaged co-operatively in these discussions and that it has consistently managed Bolton Fell bog with the intention of a full restoration of the original upland raised mire as soon as was practicable. Restoration commenced on a large area of the bog six years ago and Sinclair is pleased with the regeneration it has achieved so far.

Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora, also known as the ‘Habitats Directive’, requires EC Member States to introduce a range of measures for the protection of habitats and species listed in its Annexes. See http://www.jncc.gov.uk/page-1374.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

What is being done to develop biocontrols against orchard pests?

What is being done to develop biocontrols against orchard pests?

The SIVAL horticultural trade show in Angers, France, this week (16-18 January) heard about several initiatives to promote more environmentally sustainable orchard growing.

What does the 25-year plan mean for growers?

What does the 25-year plan mean for growers?

Published on 11 January, the Government's long-awaited 'A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment' brings together a number of policy strands into a single framework that will impact many sectors, not least fresh produce, over the coming decades.

What will 'embracing change' mean for horticulture?

What will 'embracing change' mean for horticulture?

At the Oxford Farming Conference, whose theme was "embracing change", Defra secretary Michael Gove expanded on what a post-Brexit UK agriculture and land-use policy will look like and how it will impact farmers and growers.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production
 

Read Professor Geoffrey Dixon