Barbara has welcomed the decision made by the Communities Secretary to dismiss a planning appeal against the ending of peat extraction at Chat Moss. The lowland raised bog at Chat Moss is a rare and declining habitat – 99% of lowland bog has already been lost across England.
Barbara has been fighting for some time alongside local campaigners to protect the land and she spoke out against the appeal at the Planning Inquiry.
At the Inquiry earlier this year there was strong opposition against the continuation of peat extraction from Barbara, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, local people and Salford Council.
“I am delighted by this decision to end peat extraction at Chat Moss. The decision is in line with the arguments that I put forward, alongside Lancashire Wildlife Trust and local people. Salford Council had rejected proposals for extraction to continue.
“This decision means that the damaging process of peat extraction at Chat Moss will end, allowing one of the country’s last remaining lowland peat bogs to be protected. The land can now be restored towards its original form and Chat Moss can be protected for future generations. This is a great victory for local people.”