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Protesters Storm the Stage of the "Champion Canterbury Awards", Aotearoa/New Zealand

Solid Energy awards banner24 Sep 2004
About 20 protesters made quite a ruckus at Thursday's "Champion Canterbury Awards" in Christchurch.

Attendees to the awards, including Helen Clark and the Christchurch mayor, were greeted with drums, chants, heckles ('Why don't you get a real job?' was a favourite) and banners.

Save Happy Valley campaigners hunger strike and occupy mine site (New Zealand/Aotearoa)

Save Happy Valley treesit30 Aug 2004
Two South Island students began a hunger strike today in protest of the proposed "Cypress" mine in Happy Valley. The students will confine themselves to a small platform suspended from a tree on the road to Stockton, near Granity on the West Coast.

peat action, Manc.

03.07.2003
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.

Cumbria peat protest

14.12.02

As part of the need to refocus our actions on other companies like these and not just Scotts, Bolton Fell peat stripping site was visited on Sunday 14 December 2002. The works was very busy but the fields were wet and empty. Drainpipes were blocked with bags of peat, a footbridge was pushed into a drainage ditch and a small railway bridge was dismantled.

more peat sabotage in Cumbria

11/02

In November more vehicles, were sabotaged at Solway Moss, this time about 15 peat cutters, owned by L&P Peat, while 3 more were trashed at Bolton Fell, owned by William Sinclair. L&P Peat's stock of peat was also visited that night with about a quarter of their stock slashed. Both targets are expanding their role in the peat industry as other players back out, and both companies are fighting efforts to protect their sites on environmental grounds.

'Fun in the Sun'day at Thorne Moor

26.5.02

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.

Power Lines Come Down at Hatfield Peat Works

01/05/2002

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.

Easter 2002 Scotts Hatfield Moor Peat Blockade

Easter peat blockade 3
Four days of direct action at the Scotts Peat works, Hatfield Moor, near Doncaster.
MONDAY 25TH- THURSDAY 28TH MARCH 2002

Manchester peat campaign launched

Butterfly
Manchester is the home of several peat moors, all under threat from extractors profiting from the destruction of some of the most precious areas in the UK. But together we can stop them, and save our moors!

new deal for peatbogs? Limited victory so battle continues...

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.

Monday 18th February 2002 - National Day of Action against Scotts

Corwen peat (national day of) action
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.

Hatfield Moor peat works disrupted

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.

Hatfield Moor peat mining halted

21/10/2001

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.

Pixeing & a game of chicken at t'peat works

12.08.01

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.