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  • 01/05/2002 Power Lines Come Down at Hatfield Peat Works
    We recieved an anonomous tip off that on the night of May the First a small group of people visited Hatfield Peat Works at night. They attempted to bring down the two power lines that provide electricity to the works. One of the support posts for one of the power lines was succsefully brought down, but unfortunetly the other line proved to be indestructable. However with limited power major disruption was caused to their operation.

  • English Nature and Scotts announce a £17million deal for the future of Thorne and Hatfield Moors, as well as Wedholme Flow in Cumbria. An important victory, but we haven't won yet.

  • Come to the Easter Blockade 2002, March 25th - 28th. Four days of direct action at Hatfield Peat Works

  • 18/2/2002 National Day of Action against Scotts. Direct Action hits seven of Scotts' facilities around the country simultaneously. Read more about it here.

  • 26/11/2001 Work stopped for 3 hours at Hatfield Moor Works
    On Monday 26th November a group of around 30 people entered the site of the Scotts Company UK Ltd. As work on the surrounding peat moorland has stopped for the winter, the action was concentrated on the adjacent works, where peat is processed and bagged for sending off to farmers and garden centres around the countries. Thanks to health and safety, all machinery was switched off as soon as everyone arrived on site, and the time was spent exploring the site, chatting to workers and blockading the front gate. After about 3 hours the most amusingly polite police you could ever hope to meet turned up in sufficient quantities to remove people from site, after issueing each person a notice that they would be arrested for aggrevated trespass should they return within 3 months. Ha! As if that will stop us!

  • 21/10/2001 Ten people from Nottingham visited Hatfield Moor as their part of the days of action against peat mining.
    Despite a large amount of pre publicity there was no police presence when we arrived and we entered the moor with no hassle. Seeing dust in the distance we headed towards where they were working, and they tried to drive off. We tried to head them off and despite their half a mile head start we still managed to trap the machines and prevented them from working for the rest of the day. After about an hour and a half, two police officers and the site manager turned up to say that so long as we didn't damage anything they wouldn't arrest us. Usefully one of us managed to overhear a conversation between the boss and the police about how disrupting the factory works would cause them massive problems. So what are you waiting for?

  • 26/5/2001 Mass Trespass to protect peat
    This event was timed to coincide with the start of the peat-cutting season, which can only begin when the peat has dried out enough. All morning Leeds & Sheffield Friends of the Earth and others collected messages from the people of Thorne and the surrounding area, on cards, placards and balloons. They got a really good response from the local population who are well aware of the damage being done to their moors. At the same time activists from the north were taken on guided tours of the site and learnt as much as they could about the peat-cutting process.
    After lunch everyone gathered at a friendly pub and then set off in a procession to the peat works. Some of the (smaller) messages collected during the morning were handed in to a poker-faced security guard and then around 50 people strolled into the processing plant, past him and the four or five bumbling police officers. They had a good look round the vast site and inside lots of buildings, they conga'd through the piles of stacked up compost bags and ceilidhed alongside the railway line. There were no arrests as we danced out of the site and back to the pub. After a lovely day we decided to have a bigger, better and longer trespass of the site and the moors on Tuesday 25th June, with some camping available the night before - more details available from Leeds EF! Other actions will of course be going on all the time…