Peat – the exploitation of Ireland’s bog lands For centuries, the people of Ireland have exploited the country’s bog lands. The manner in which this peat has been harvested has changed greatly due to developments in technology.
Today… Industrial. Bord na Mona. Sophisticated machinery used: Ditcher, Grader, Miller, Harrow and Ridger. Energy – burned in power stations. Heating. Moss peat. Exported to EU for use in gardening and horticulture.
In the past… Meitheal, sleán. Practice decreased about 60 years ago. The process was slow. A small amount of turf was cut daily. Difficult to transport.
What can be done with the land when all of the turf is gone? Wind farms. Wildlife sanctuary. Forestry. Grassland.
Homework Page 23 of your textbook. Question 5 (i) (ii). To be completed in your hardback/copy for tomorrow’s class.