Peat in United Kingdom

The peatlands of UK cover an area of some 17 500 km2, most deposits being in the northern and western regions. The total UK peatland area is more than twice that of Ireland, but the extraction of peat is on a very much smaller scale. Almost all peat industry output is for the horticultural market; there is, however, still quite extensive (but unquantified) extraction of peat for use as a domestic fuel in the rural parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Anecdotal  evidence suggests that peat-cutting for fuel in Scotland has declined in recent years, having been replaced to some extent by purchases of peat briquettes imported from Ireland.