Is there really a threat to The Peat Project? A story has appeared about a threat to Scotland’s national drink. According to ‘senior journalist’ Alison Campsie in The Herald newspaper (a Scottish broadsheet) the ‘deep smoky aromas’ much loved by many Scotch whisky enthusiasts are apparently being threatened by ‘powerful environmental groups’ who wish to stop all commercial peat extraction in Scotland by 2020, a move which would of course threaten the peaty whiskies we all know and love.
It would be worrying if it was true, but it’s not. A rather more rational explanation of both the environmentalist position, and that of the Scotch whisky industry, is provided by Helen Todd, Vice-chairwoman of Scottish Environment LINK in Perth (an organisation that represents just about every ‘powerful environmental group’ in Scotland including the RSPB, WWF Scotland, The Ramblers Association, The Soil Asociation, The John Muir Trust, The Woodland Trust, The Wildlife Trusts, The Scottish Ornithologists Club, Sustrans, Plantlife Scotland, Friends of the Earth etc etc). It is well worth a read and you can find it here.