"Peat soils cover over a fifth of Scotland’s land area, but the
importance of these areas as providers of natural services that offer
benefits to all parts of society is only just starting to be fully
appreciated. Deep peat contains some of the highest concentrations of
carbon in Europe but peatlands are also important for agriculture,
recreation and sporting enterprises, as well as supporting
internationally important blanket and raised bog habitats."
Simon Thorp, Director of The Heather Trust and Scotland’s Moorland Forum. In this latter capacity he briefed Scotland's 2020 Climate Group about the importance of peatlands to Scotland at a meeting in June