From Peat Bog to Conifer Forest

    From Peat Bog to Conifer Forest

    An Oral History of Whitelee, Its Community and Landscape

    Ruth Tittensor

    Packard 2010

    Paperback 237pp Illustrated

    9781853411427   Product Code: 22539

    In the mid-20th century the wet and windy Whitelee Plateau south of Glasgow was a peat bog. Today it is a vast conifer forest. This absorbing study charts one of the most dramatic transformations of the British landscape in recent history. Extensively illustrated with colour photographs and maps, it records how local farmers were persuaded to sell their unproductive land for urgently needed forestry. It assesses the environmental impact of the plantation and, through oral histories, its effect on local communities.

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