Turf Cutting

In rural Ireland, turf is an important fuel resource for many families. These days modern methods of peat cutting can very damaging to bog habitats particularly when carried out on an industrial scale. But even on smaller scales, modern turf cutting machines are being used more and more often, and the impact of these isn’t positive. The picture below shows rows of machine cut turf – sometimes called sausage turf.

Machine cut turf

Machine cut turf

Even when modern machines cut the turf, it is still footed by hand. Footing involves stacking the individual sods so that they dry. Dried turf is then put in stacks till people are ready to bring it home.

Post inspired by this weeks one a week’s photo challenge – Modern.

Machine cut turf

Machine cut turf

 

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17 thoughts on “Turf Cutting

    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thanks Cathy. It is a tradition though and when done by hand it can be less destructive. When you think of human mining any type of fuel it is not great for the environment.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Overall couple of thousand of years! The hand cutting can create it’s own habitat niches which can be good for biodiversity..

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Funnily enough we’ve had a very dry few weeks (very unusual for Ireland) but the rain has returned. Hope you get some too soon.

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