Taking the bogs to the people 3

Flanders Moss NNR

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Thornhill is the closest village to Flanders Moss and with the strongest ties to the moss and so when they had a community history day it was great to be able to go along and give a talk about the historical landscape of Flanders and the changes that had taken place. Over several hundreds of years local Thornhill people would have been working away daily on the moss, in many places clearing the peat away to get to the more productive clay farmland underneath. This local connection with the moss was lost in the last century and people have only recently been reconnected with the moss when we opened the boardwalk and viewing tower.

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Going a bit Jeremy Vine here.

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Maps showing the stages of peat clearence and the shrinking of Flanders Moss.

The event was very well attended and really nice to see so many people, young and old, keen to find out more about the history of their community and surroundings. And the cake was great as well. Thank you, Thornhill for having me.

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OK, this needs a bit of explanation! – I was saying about how we need to move beyond the usual modern connotations of the word bog and remember that it originally comes from a Gaelic word for “soft”.

 

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