Poll: UK Gardeners Support Peat Alternatives

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds polled 27 influential gardeners, broadcasters and writers in the United Kingdom about whether they use peat in their gardens. According to The Yorkshire Post, 80 percent of those polled use little or no peat in their garden and two-thirds agree with the UK government’s goal of phasing out peat products.

UK conservationists say extracting peat for use in gardens, much of which comes from Ireland and the Baltic, leads to carbon dioxide emissions and damages natural habitats and wildlife.

Learn more about peat’s sustainability in Greenhouse Grower’s 2010 Peat Report.

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2 comments on “Poll: UK Gardeners Support Peat Alternatives

  1. Anonymous

    Why would any thinking government phase out a renewable resource such as peat products?

    Peat bogs sequester CO2 similar to boreal forests. Harvesting, then re-flooding to allow them to grow back, on a sustained yield basis, is the environmentally and economically sound route to follow.

  2. Anonymous

    Why would any thinking government phase out a renewable resource such as peat products?

    Peat bogs sequester CO2 similar to boreal forests. Harvesting, then re-flooding to allow them to grow back, on a sustained yield basis, is the environmentally and economically sound route to follow.