Help Needed to Oppose Peat Extraction

Macclesfield Green Party would like to hear from anyone who can offer information and advice in dealing with yet another threat to their local environment.

At stake is the future of Lindow Moss, a peat bog lying on the edge of Wilm-slow. The area is subject to a number of Mineral Planning Permissions for peat extraction dating back to the 1950s, and part of the site has been dug commercially for many years. Other parts, however, have been relatively untouched, and despite the effects of drainage, support a mosaic of habitats. The area forms the greater part of a Site of Biological Importance and supports a number of species characteristic of acid bogs including sundews, alder buckthorn and the green hairstreak and brimstone butterflies.

Recently the site has changed hands. The new owners wish to accelerate the process of peat extraction to include virtually the whole site, thereby destroying the peatland habitat forever. Their intentions have been set out in an application to Cheshire County Council.

On the face of it, the technical case against their application is weak so we are anxious to gather as much information and advice as possible. We would be interested to hear from anyone who:

If you can help, please contact Mark Norman, Macclesfield Green Party, 18 Alderdale Grove, Wilmslow SK9 6LY, tel: 01625 529406.

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