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A peat bog (file picture)

Peat bog ‘the size of England’ is found

The peat bog covers an area the size of England and was found by a team from the University of Leeds, the Wildlife Conservation Society-Congo and the country’s Marien Ngouabi…

Buying compost B&Q February 2011

Peat levels in compost have fallen

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…

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Bob Flowerdew stokes the peat debate

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…

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Marc’s blog: for peat’s sake!

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…

Campaigners want a ban on peat use

White flag on early peat ban

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,…

Peat extraction is controversial

Garden expert defends peat use

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…

Garden Organic chief executive Myles Bremner (copyright: IPC)

Garden Organic’s bid to wipe out greenwash

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…