The use of peat by gardeners as a growing medium and soil improver in Great Britain means that, according to Kew Gardens, over 94% of peat bogs in Britain have been damaged or destroyed. The British government is so concerned about the effects of digging up reserves of peat that by 2020 they hope that peat extraction will have been completely phased out.
Extracted peat usually comes from Ireland and the Baltic and is sold in DIY stores and garden centres. This extraction causes immense damage to the natural environment as well as depriving us of evidence of our own history.
The problem isn't exclusive to Britain and Europe of course. The damaging of peat bogs is a global concern for environmentalists.
Peat bogs are an archaeological timeline, preserving tools and even people from our distant past.