From Peat Bog to Conifer Forest
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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.