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Cash incentives for Britain in Bloom groups to cut peat

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The government has set aside £50,000 of cash in a bid to wean community gardeners off peat.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will stump up the funds while the Royal Horticultural Society will administer the scheme.
Nine RHS Britain in Bloom and It’s Your Neighbourhood groups will receive funding to help them increase their use of peat-reduced and peat-free…

Peat levels in compost have fallen

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The peat content in composts available at garden centres fell between 2011 and 2012. 
A study reveals peat made up 58 per cent of compost sold in 2011. In 2012 it was 52 per cent.
Manufacturers bulked composts up with bark, coir, wood fibre and composted green waste as firms cut peat use to meet environmental targets.
The study was carried out for…

Monty Don says garden centres have ‘no excuse’ for selling peat

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Garden centres have “no excuse” for selling peat, claims Britain’s head gardener.
Monty Don, the Gardeners’ World presenter, became embroiled in a row on Twitter after he told his 24,000 fans: “If you cannot find peat-free compost, make a fuss. Garden centres care only about the money – tell them they are losing a sale.”
But a representative of Stratford Garden Centre…

Could a peat ban kill UK’s specialist nurseries?

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Specialist nurseries say a ban on peat could put them out of business – and wreck efforts to conserve plants that are now extinct in their natural habitats.
The UK government wants to ban peat use by amateur gardeners by 2020 and halt its use at nurseries by 2030.
However, other EU countries do not intend to phase out peat. And Dutch…

Bob Flowerdew stokes the peat debate

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Green groups have lashed out after an influential organic gardener demanded the right to use peat.
Writing in AG, Bob Flowerdew, the BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time panellist, made the ultimate organic taboo: he confessed to using a small amount of peat in loam-based sowing compost.

Bob argued that peat was a renewable resource and suggested: “Why not let us have…

Marc’s blog: for peat’s sake!

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I like to think I am a reasonably environmentally-friendly chap, writes AG news editor Marc Rosenberg.
I grow quite a lot of veg, herbs and salads, use hardly any chemicals in the garden, recycle around 80 per cent of my household rubbish and so on.
But apparently, despite all my efforts to ‘go green,’ I am considered by some to be an…

White flag on early peat ban

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Anti-peat warriors are licking their wounds after suffering a devastating setback.
Campaigns to bring a peat phase-out forward from 2020 to 2016, and calls for a tax on peat-based compost, have been brushed aside by the Government.
It has even been confirmed that targets to wean gardeners off peat over the next decade will be voluntary.
A similar ‘voluntary’ deadline set by the…

Garden expert defends peat use

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Another influential gardening expert has defended his use of peat.
Nigel Colborn, gardening columnist for the Daily Mail and chair of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Trials Advisory Committee, said he uses peat “sparingly and carefully.”
His comments come after Alan Titchmarsh admitted he “sometimes uses peat” as alternatives such as coir had “used up too many air miles” (AG, 30 April).
Following a…

Garden Organic’s bid to wipe out greenwash

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Green garden products could soon carry an official organic label.
The move is aimed at cutting confusion over eco-friendly claims, branded ‘greenwash’ by environmentalists.
Charity Garden Organic has issued a set of traffic light-style organic guidelines. Red lights show what is not acceptable while a green light indicates best practice.
The guidelines say peat is “never acceptable in an organic garden” and that…

Celebrity gardeners stoke peat debate

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WELL OVER half of the UK’s most influential celebrity gardeners have failed to stop using peat in their own gardens, a shock survey revealed last week.
The poll, for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, follows ‘green’ gardener Alan Titchmarsh’s admission that he still relies on peat (AG, 30 April).
RSPB researchers quizzed 27 star gardeners including Bob Flowerdew (GQT),…