We already know the value of our 'meres, mosses and bogs' as important habitats along the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge.
In the UK we have lost 95% of our lowland peat bogs.
Whilst not typically thought of as an attractive habitat, they are a vital carbon store and are home to many plants, insects and animals, some of which are only found in these areas.
Delamere Forest features a wealth of meres, mosses and bogs. Forestry England, in partnership with the Cheshire Wildlife Trust, has undertaken to restore these important ecosystems to their former glory.
The DEFRA announcement banning the sale of horticultural peat in garden centres and in supermarket outlets comes into effect in 2024.
This partial move to protect England's precious peatlands and the natural environment is welcome but further measures will be required to protect this key habitat.
To read the DEFRA report CLICK HERE.