Controversy over new UK regulation to protect peatland

Rules will prevent some burning and could help Britain reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Regulations are to be brought in to prevent the burning of heather and other vegetation in a move to better protect peatlands.

The protection for blanket bog habitats has been welcomed as vital for globally important land, but criticised by some environmental groups.

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