The hand drawn bog commission maps set out how a million acres of bog could be drained and brought into production.
In 1808, Sir Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, advocated the setting up of a commission to enquire into the possible utilisation of Irish bogs.
The Bog Commission maps were invaluable to Bord na Móna when peat production began on a number of larger bogs in the midlands of Ireland.
Bord na Móna’s mapping has come a long way from the hand drawn maps from 1814. Read about how we map our land today.
As Bord na Móna moves away from peat production, the future of our land lies in a wide mix of uses, with a strong emphasis on rehabilitation, conservation and alternate sustainable future uses.