We need to ban the use of peat in garden compost

Peat used in our compost is dug out of wild places, damaging some of the last remaining peatlands in the UK and overseas. This process also releases carbon into the atmosphere, accelerating climate change, whereas healthy peatlands are a natural sponge for carbon. .

Ten years ago, the Government set a voluntary target for the horticulture sector to stop selling peat compost to gardeners by 2020. But this approach has failed. Action is needed now to end peat compost sales in our shops and garden centres immediately and to bring forward the date that professional growers must stop using peat. To sign the WIldlife Trusts’ petition see: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/ban-sale-peat

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Totally agree. I emailed B&Q to complain that they don’t indicate that their best selling multi-purpose compost includes peat - I encourage others to email also - if they get a few they may make it clear and direct customers to their peat free version. I also mention the issue of peat free compost and promote home composting and composting toilets in my book Habitat Man - my recently published novel written as a fun way to share green solutions across a mainstream audience https://www.dabaden.com/habitat-man/