Climate Change: England’s Gardeners Set for Peat Compost Ban

Aug 26, 2022

Sales of peat to amateur gardeners will be banned in England from 2024, the government has confirmed.

The move follows a consultation and is part of a pledge to restore peat lands.

These wild, boggy places are sometimes referred to as the UK’s rainforests, because of their ability to soak up vast quantities of carbon.

When peat dries out it emits rather than stores greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change.

The ban applies to peat in products designed for everyday gardeners, which accounts for 70% of the peat sold in the UK.

The professional horticulture industry will be exempt for now, but the government says it will work with growers ahead of a planned ban there too.

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