Flanders Moss

An extensive area of reclaimed land in the Carse of Stirling or upper valley of the River Forth, Flanders Moss was, until the 18th Century uncultivated peat moss. The agricultural improver Henry Home, Lord Kames (1696 - 1792), was the first local laird to attempt to remove the peat which covered a fertile bed of clay beneath. Improvement leases were offered to crofters from Balquhidder on condition that they worked to improve the land and great volumes of peat were cut into sections and washed away using water from the River Teith. Within a few decades most of the former peat moss had been reclaimed and cultivated. Remnants of the moss north of Buchlyvie have been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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