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Peatland Facts, FAQs and Our Latest Stories

 Key peatlands facts

  • 3% of the world is peatlands

  • 16% of Ireland is peatlands (CSO, 2018)

  • Kildare has 10,390 hectares of peat bogs ( CSO, 2018)

  • it takes 1000 years to create one meter of bog 

  • bogs are between 4000 and 9000 years old

  • oak trees over 4000 years old have been found preserved under deep peat

  • sphagnum moss is the keystone bog building plant

  • sphagnum moss holds 20 times its own weight in water

  • bogs hold up to 10 times more carbon per meter than rain forests

  • intact active bogs are a carbon sink

  • exposed bare peat is a carbon source


Start in Kildare: National Peatlands Park

Check the Kildare County Development Plan latest draft published in March  2022. The National Peatlands Park has been included in the Plan and also in proposals for a Local Just Transition Plan for West Kildare sponsored by Kildare County Council, also published in March. We are working with Transport services and our Council to ensure that the Peatlands Park areas are public transport friendly or accessible  by bicycle or on foot. The direct link to the plan is below.


New supporters joining each week

  • No Planet B

  • Smart Bogs

  • North Kildare Leader

  • Kildare Public Participation Network

  • Tina Claffey, celebrated photographer of bog plants,

  • Christy Moore, Kildare folk singer, song writer and guitarist

  • EcoParish Prosperous

NEWS and Peatland facts: News


We have put together answers to your frequently asked questions. Feel free to email us if you have more questions

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NEWS and Peatland facts: Welcome
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