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TOWN COUNCIL ASKS AMERICAN MAYOR FOR HELP IN MOORS FIGHT

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John Cresswell, the mayor of Thorne, in South Yorkshire, is asking an American mayor to help in the fight to stop t...
John Cresswell, the mayor of Thorne, in South Yorkshire, is asking an American mayor to help in the fight to stop the world's largest horticultural firm taking peat from the moors, reports The Yorkshire Post (p6).

Mr Cresswell has written to his counterpart, John Taulbee, in Marysville, Ohio, to ask him to approach the Ohio-based Scott Company, which removes the peat from Thorne Moor.

Town clerk Ian Harrison said: 'We're asking him if he realises what is happening. The moors are an area of Special Scientific Interest because of their rare beetles and invertebrates - things that may not be obvious to many people. But the biggest area of interest to many are the birds - there's a tremendous variety.'

Stephen Warburton, conservation manager for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust said it would be agreat opportunity for a mulit-national company to take a stand for the environment, stop taking peat away and concentrate on recycling methods instead.
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