Moss open day combines fun and learning

PLAYING in a bog might not be most people's idea of a good time, but Lenzie Moss Open Day is bound to be fun for all the family.

East Dunbartonshire Ranger Service and Friends of Lenzie Moss are holding a fun afternoon of activities at Lenzie Moss this Sunday from 1.30pm until 4.30pm.

There will be an afternoon of activities for young and old with walks and talks, arts and crafts, history, wildlife and much more.

Raised bogs are fascinating and unique places, made of moss, peat and water and take thousands of years to form.

They are becoming increasingly rare, but East Dunbartonshire has six - and Lenzie Moss is the biggest one.

A spokesperson for the Mugdock Park Ranger Service told the Herald: "Lenzie Moss is home to many unusual plants and animals, including biodiversity priority species such as Bog Rosemary, Sundew and Reed Bunting.

"But what makes it an extra special place is that it has been forming for about 10,000 years, and has managed to survive many years of peat extraction."

And the spokesperson revealed: "The earliest records of extraction are from 1226 when the Charter of Alexander II allowed the Canons of Cambuskenneth near Stirling to dig peat.

"Later this right was bestowed to the 'Peat Lords' of Kirkintilloch and more recently the Lenzie Peat Development Company.

"The Moss is still here today partly due the commitment of the local community, and The Friends of Lenzie Moss have been looking after it for everyone to enjoy."

Go along this Sunday to find out more about a bit of local history and wildlife.

Car parking is available in the nearby Lenzie Rugby Club Ground.