Every month until the end of the year RE-PEAT will host an evening as part of our brand new UK Anthology Series. 


Why focus on the UK?

As preparations commence for the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference (COP26) and the World Congress on Soil Science (WCSS22), the whole world will be looking to the UK for climate & ecological ambition and action. And, while the UK politicians are still (re)writing policy after leaving the EU, the possibilities for local transformation and more radical decision-making seem well within reach. 2021 may be one of the most crucial points in history to "Zoom" into peatlands in the UK. 

What to expect:

The UK Anthology Series is a 10 episode webinar series running from March to December 2021, which connects peatlands to a number of intertwined topics; such as social justice, environmental issues and specific UK or international policies. The series will bring together perspectives from a variety of disciplines and angles and every episode will include some kind of artistic responses that can help us feel the issue as well as think about it. This may take the the form of poetry, dance, music, comedy, puppetry or something else. Throughout the series, the focus is on amplifying voices that are not traditionally given a platform, including young people, people of colour, working class, and other voices that are often marginalised. The UK Anthology Series links to a number of larger initiatives, and thus encourages a wider engagement around why UK peatlands matter!

Each of the 10 sessions is relevant for newcomers and experts alike.

Please get in touch with us directly if you  - or someone you know - might like to contribute to this conversation. 


Episode 1 - 23rd March 2021 - Peatlands & the UK 

Episode 2 - 27th April 2021 - Peatlands & Forestry 

Episode 3 - 29th May 2021 - Peatlands & Climate (in) Justice  

Episode 4 - 29th June 2021 - Peatlands & Agriculture - POSTPONED UNTIL DECEMBER

Episode 5 - 27th July 2021 - Peatlands & Wind Turbines

Episode 6 - 24th August 2021 - Peatlands & Land Ownership 

Episode 7 - 28th September 2021 - Peatlands & Gardening 

Episode 8 - 26th October 2021 - Peatlands & COP26

Episode 9 - 23rd November 2021 - Peatlands & Time

Episode 10 - TBD December 2021 - Peatlands & Agriculture

Most sessions will take place from 19.00-20.30 GMT 

Note that sessions are donation based, you can sign up on our Eventbrite


In this session we provide a scientific, political and cultural introduction to peatlands in the UK. 



The schedule is as follows:

19.00-19.10: Introduction of speakers + RE-PEAT welcome

19.10-19.15: Overview of UK Anthology Series as a whole

19.15-19.25: Peatland Science video 

Featuring RE-PEAT team members, Lukas Fraser, Mari-Liis Kotsar, Luke Andrews, and Tanya Lippmann, as well as Dr. Angela Gallego-Sala. Animation by Frankie Turk

19.25-19.45 - What is the policy surrounding peatlands in the UK?

Matt Williams and Clifton Bain from IUCN

19.45-20.00: Creative engagement: poetry reading

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and Jamie Walker

20.00-20.30: Cultural heritage in the UK and Irish peatlands

Rosie Everett and Ben Gearey from WetFutures

20.30-21.00: An introduction to different local actions - challenges, awareness, and appreciation

Scotland - Peatland Connections

Northern Ireland - the CANN Project

Wales - Welsh Raised Bogs

England - Forest of Bowland AONB


In this session we will explore the complex and at times challenging relationship between peatlands and forestry in the UK.


As such we will explore:

  • why both peatlands and forestry are important tools against the climate crisis

  • the history of planting trees on peatlands and why this is detrimental to the natural world and to environmental aims

  • why only planting trees should not be treated as a panacea

  • some campaigns that have advocated for peatlands not be planted on

  • some forest-to-bog restoration projects


As usual there will be plenty of visuals and creative elements involved - sure to be a fascinating session!


19.00-19.10 - Mentimeter activity: What words come to mind when you think of peatlands? What words come to mind when you think of forests? Submission and discussion of these - you can enter your words here already!
19.10-19.15 - Introduction of facilitator and short introduction to the series + session
19.15-19.20 - An animated video about the connections and differences between forests and bogs
19.20-19.40 - The history and challenges of planting on bogs - Thomas Sloan
19.40-20.00 - Sphagnum Splat and Bog Splotting! Creative support for sustainable forestry practice in south-west Scotland
20.00-20.20 - Forest to bog restoration project with Renee Kerkvliet-Hermans
20.20-20.30 - Question time!
20.30-21.00 - Open discussion time




In this session we will explore some of the ways in which the UK colonial history and present interact through the topic of peatlands.

This session was featured as part of Peat-Fest 2021


  • 18.00-18.10 Introduction

  • 18.10-18.30 Khairani Barokka will be discussing the connections between Indonesian peatlands and capitalist consumerism

  • 18.30-19.00 Artist Duo Myths for a Wetland Imaginary will present their work and artistic practise through a framing of settler colonialism and decolonisation.

  • 19.00-19.30 Discussion

  • Trade routes, policy gaps, european role, and the impact on peatlands






This session has been delayed until December 2021


In this session we explore the discussion on whether wind turbines should be built on peatlands   

This UK Anthology Series episode - "Peatlands and Wind Turbines" will explore the complex and dynamic interaction between peatlands and wind turbine development. During the session we will be showing a video all about the intersections between peatlands and the energy transition globally, show-casting various perspectives on this topic and creating an open dialogue about what the future of wind turbines and peatlands could be in the UK.


About the Speakers:

Jon Macleod  - Macleod is an artist and project curator for An Lanntair His work explores human entanglements with the natural world, often using intangible cultural heritage, language and identity as tools to delve into place Most recently he has been artist in residence on St.Kilda for the National Trust for Scotland and was a recipient of a Churchill Fellowship to Fogo Island, Newfoundland looking at the role of creativity in Island communities. He has also taken part in residencies in Finland, Senegal and Macedonia. Currently he is based in Bergen taking part in a Nordic/Scottish exchange project, Ebb+Flow – but more usually he is to be found in the Outer Hebrides where he works a croft on the West side of the Isle of


Lewis Lewis-Coenen-Rowe - Lewis joined Creative Carbon Scotland in July 2019. His background is in classical music, working as a composer of chamber music and opera as well as teaching music in universities. Prior to joining Creative Carbon Scotland, he worked as a teaching assistant at Glasgow University after completing a PhD in music composition at King’s College London. He also has a background in environmental campaigning with groups including Fossil Free, Divest Parliament, Friends of the Earth, and BP or not BP. His role at Creative Carbon Scotland involves managing the Green Tease events series and network, researching and writing articles for the Library of Creative Sustainability, advising and supporting artistic and sustainability practitioners, and developing collaborative projects between the arts and environmental sectors.



In this session we explore the discussion on whether wind turbines should be built on peatlands   

This UK Anthology Series episode features a discussion around peatland landownership in the UK and various ways that the ownership interacts with land management.


Speakers include:

Jenny and Angela from the Langholm Buyout Initiative. They speak about what is next for this area under community ownership and providing some context on community-led approaches and decision-making.


Hazel Draper from the grassroots campaign group Wild Card Wild Card aim to respond to the ecological and climate crisis by persuading the UK's largest landowners to rewild half their land. The group is a collaboration between experts, artists and campaigners. Hazel has also been campaigning for some time on peatland burning in her area of Calderdale where she also acts as a volunteer flood warden.


Paul Turner is a teacher who helped set up the Radical School Geography group and Teachers For Climate Action, helping to organise and coordinate change in education. Paul is a curriculum author and has created a variety of freely accessible resources including the world's first Climate Breakdown teaching materials and most recently a series of lessons based around Guy Shrubsole's book 'Who Owns England?' and Nick Hayes book 'Trespass'. Paul is passionate about challenging the status quo through critical and radical education which engages young people with the structures and systems of the world.



More information on this session will be released shortly. 


Please get in touch with us directly if you  - or someone you know - might like to contribute to this conversation. 




More information on this session will be released shortly. 


Please get in touch with us directly if you  - or someone you know - might like to contribute to this conversation. 





More information on this session will be released shortly. 

Please get in touch with us directly if you  - or someone you know - might like to contribute to this conversation.