simple peat action - DIY at your local DIY - while we can still breathe...
before the last May Bank Holiday weekend, a time when demand for peat at garden centres is high, some were visited throughout Greater Manchester - bags were slashed and stickers stuck.
26th May was 'Fun in the Sun' day, a joint Leeds FoE/Leeds EF! Event.
Friends of the Earth ran a market stall in Thorne in the morning, where locals made cards, placards, posters and balloons with messages to be taken in to Scotts.
We received an anonomous tip off that on the night of May the First a small group of people visited Hatfield Peat Works at night.
They attempted to bring down the two power lines that provide electricity to the works. One of the support posts for one of the power lines was succsefully brought down, but unfortunetly the other line proved to be indestructable.
A deal was announced today (27th February 2002) between Scotts and English Nature, to restore major peatbogs as ecological sites.
The deal is undoubtedly very good news, but it is certainly not the end of the story. The main pointsof the deal are given below.
Across the UK offices, factories and peat extraction sites belonging to The Scotts Company (the world's largest horticultural company) were today occupied or disrupted by activists protesting against the continued destruction of rare raised peat bog habitats. Seven facilities belonging to Scotts were targeted by Peat Alert, a recently-formed national campaign network, which aims to stop peat extraction in the UK and Europe. "We want Scotts to know that they cannot continue decimating our wild places without attracting this type of disruptive opposition", said Danielle Locke, a spokesperson for the network.
26/11/2001 Work stopped for 3 hours at Hatfield Moor Works
On Monday 26th November a group of around 30 people entered the site of the Scotts Company UK Ltd.
As work on the surrounding peat moorland has stopped for the winter, the action was concentrated on the adjacent works, where peat is processed and bagged for sending off to farmers and garden centres around the countries.
Ten people from Nottingham visited Hatfield Moor as their part of the days of action against peat mining.
Despite a large amount of pre publicity there was no police presence when we arrived and we entered the moor with no hassle.
On Sunday the 12th August, about 15 people visited the peat works unannounced, finding it almost deserted and wandering around for about 15 minutes before finding any workers.
During this time, all the keys from the key safe and ignition keys for most of the machines disappeared and ended up at the bottom of drains and the engine of one of the two peat-moving trains got sand in the petrol tank.
An action was planned to coincide with the EF! Gathering at the start of August.
A group of about 30 people headed off to the peat works after another action against prison labour in solidarity with Mark Barnsley.
07/01 - on Thorne Moor
During July a couple of groups visited the moor at night and managed to find a pumping machine and move the hose, creating a mire on the track, the idea being to making it impassable for their machinery.
We met up the night before for a briefing, giving out information about exactly what is at stake and the most effective things that can be done to disrupt work.
We camped for the night in the nature reserve just round the corner, getting eaten alive by small flying biting things.