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The Peat Digger

With a black Labrador by his side, “Fen Tiger” Harold Sennit, the self-proclaimed “last of the peat diggers”, sets to work at Wicken Fen, Cambs.

Factual TV 1977 8 mins

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The wetlands of East Anglia known as “The Fens” are a perfect peat-forming habitat. Harold Sennit, the self-proclaimed “fen tiger”, the “last of the peat diggers” demonstrates the traditions and techniques of peat extraction, at Wicken Fen, now one of Britain’s oldest nature reserves. Harold Sennit narrates throughout this film produced as part of Anglia Television's 'Bygones' series of programmes.